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No Matter What You Want to Do: Edit Text

The MAG/NET interfaces have an enthusiastic and overbearing insistence on editing text. This manifests as a series of behaviors designed to ensure you edit text, even if you meant to do something else.

In one form, this might be called the "Double-Click Trap".  It works like this:
  1. You click on it.
  2. Nothing whatsoever happens.
  3. You decide the click didn't work, so you click again.
  4. Presto, you're editing text!
See, the delay at step 2 is specifically to trick you into thinking nothing happened.If you want to be productive, too bad; because if you get hasty, you become even more unproductive.

Examples:
  • Click on a drawing object in Word, Excel, or Visio. Odds are, it won't show selected...not immediately anyway. If you click again, impatiently: Presto! You are editing the text of the object.
This can also be turned around on you, in a few places where a single-click can be interpreted as editing text.  In these locations, the exact opposite is done: If you double-click, the MAG/NET interface ignores the double-click and treats it as a single-click.  Example:
  • Windows Explorer (not Internet Explorer): If you double-click on a file name (which is big), rather than the file icon (which is a small target), Explorer is very apt to ignore the double-click and put you into file rename mode.  After all, you always want to rename a file, right?
Really, it appears to be an enthusiastic over-fascination with editing. Any time there is text associated with an object, they obviously presume you will want to change the text, rather than do anything else.

PowerPoint, solves this completely, of course: It's impossible to select a drawing object without going into text editing, unless you hit the 1-pixel boundary around the edge. Aim carefully...because if you don't hit that 1 pixel boundary, then you will have to hit Esc after selecting, to get out of text mode.  Even if you just wanted to move the object.
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