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Hiermenus Go Forth, XXX:
Version 4.3 - Full-Window



The Old Behavior (to Version 4.2.3)

1 When we moused over a menu item with an associated child menu, the child menu appeared immediately.

Pro:
If we truly wanted to see this particular child menu, then we welcomed this behavior.

Con:
Very often we moused over the item on our way to a different item. In this case, the instantaneous appearance of the child menu was disconcerting.

2 When we moused out of the item with the child menu and over an adjacent item, the child menu disappeared immediately and if the new item had a child menu, the new child menu appeared immediately.

Pro:
If this item was our intended item and we were through with the old child menu then the behavior was warranted.

Con:
If we had moused out of the first item inadvertently, then we put up with an unnecessary menu on-off flicker while we moused back over the previous item to get the original child menu back.

3 When we moused out of the item with the child menu and over an adjacent item, the child menu disappeared immediately. If the new item had no child menu then no child menu was visible.

Pro:
Again, if this new item was our intended item the behavior was fine.

Con:
If we had moused out of the child-menu item because of a lazy mouse movement, then we lost the intended child menu.

In short, child menus appeared immediately upon mouseover of the associated parent item and disappeared immediately upon mouseover of another item. There was no leeway time, so to speak. The old behavior could be especially bothersome if we moused over an adjacent item on-the-way to the child menu. By the time we got to where the child menu was positioned it was hidden and we would have to go back and display it again.

Trivia: This is how the OS menus on the Macintosh platform behave.

On the next page, the new HM4.3 mouseout behavior.


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Created: June 10, 2002
Revised: June 10, 2002

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