June 25th, 2007 • 10:40 am
I would very much like an Apple engineer to explain to me what the purpose of this is:
- Open a new Pages document.
- Make the paragraph ruler visible (command-R).
- Take the mouse pointer to the right margin, i.e. the area on the right beyond the right indent mark:
Now click with the mouse. See what happens? Do you have any idea what the focus is on now, or what is selected? And what happens when you try typing some text?
You get system beeps.
And it’s the exact same thing with the left margin.
What on earth is this behaviour good for?
If the margin contains nothing of interest, nothing that can be selected, nothing that the focus can be put on, and is not used as a shortcut for selecting stuff elsewhere (which is what happens in MS Word), then why does clicking on the margin have this effect? It should not have any effect at all.
It certainly should not deselect what is currently selected! Because what this means effectively is that if you accidentally click in the wrong area (and accidental clicks do happen, especially when areas are not demarcated by visible borders), then something happens that you have to undo.
It’s a minor annoyance, but it’s an annoyance just the same.