Always go back/forward in history when pressing the corresponding mouse buttons

Review Request #116469 - Created Feb. 28, 2014 and submitted

Information
Frank Reininghaus
kde-baseapps
KDE/4.13
310288
Reviewers
dolphin, usability
doerner
Support for the backward/forward mouse buttons was added to Dolphin in https://git.reviewboard.kde.org/r/101335/ . They can be used to navigate in the history now.

However, this only works if the mouse cursor is not above an item - in that case, the item is selected, and no back/forward action is triggered.

Sebastian's motivation for implementing this behavior was that KDE uses "single click" activation by default, so it's not possible to select an item using a single click of the left mouse button (if the item is a file, it will also be opened, and if it's a directory, Dolphin will navigate to that directory). The backward/forward buttons can now be used to select items easily.

I understand this motivation, but the behavior might be a bit counter-intuitive, and I'm not sure if the number of users who make use of the "select item using back/forward button" feature is greater than the number of users who are annoyed by this behavior (the bug report about this is https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=310288 ).

Moreover, we already have multiple other methods to select items with the mouse (the selection markers, Ctrl+left click, rubberband selection), so I'm not sure if this feature is really required.

Therefore, I think it might make sense to change the behavior, but I don't have such a mouse at all, so I can neither test this patch, nor can I judge if my guess that the current behavior does more harm than good is correct.

Testing and input from the usability team is welcome!
I cannot test it because I do not have a suitable mouse.
Thomas Pfeiffer
Emmanuel Pescosta
Commit Hook
This review has been submitted with commit 7204392dcab240c59669dbf8046581bc8c49a8b9 by Frank Reininghaus to branch KDE/4.13.
Frank Reininghaus
Review request changed

Status: Closed (submitted)

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