Enable tapping by default

Björn Persson bjorn at xn--rombobjrn-67a.se
Mon Nov 17 14:05:53 UTC 2014

Mustafa Muhammad <mustafaa.alhamdaani at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 2:49 PM, Björn Persson <bjorn at rombobjörn.se> wrote:
> > Perhaps demonstrate that it won't cause the rest of us to click on
> > random things by accident, instead of just thinking so?
> I didn't say that, I said, "I don't think it bothers the others that much".

Then I can only conclude that you don't think it bothers people that
much if they click on random things by accident. I know it would bother
me, and I know one Windows user who had to disable tapping because the
cursor kept jumping to random places in the text while she was typing.

> It can be disabled, but we are talking about the what the default
> behavior should be.

Defaults should follow the principle of least surprise. A user who taps
the touchpad and finds that nothing happens will have a good idea of
what to look for in the settings. A user who repeatedly finds herself
suddenly typing in the wrong place may have lots of trouble before she
figures out that it happens when her palm gets too close to the
touchpad. Needing to enable a feature that I know I want doesn't bother
me much. Being forced to grope in the dark for the cause of a weird
problem bothers me a lot.

Björn Persson
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