As you may know, Mac users don’t have a “right click” button. To achieve this function, you basically hold down your mouse button until a “right click” menu pops up.
Well I downloaded the new Firefox extension at work, where I have to use a Mac, and my “right click” function doesn’t seem to work. As an avid “open in new tab” person, this is seriously hindering my web browsing abilities. I’ve put in a complaint with Firefox. Might want to hold off downloading the new Firefox for awhile if you’re a Mac user.
Stephen Ward, you’re a web geek right? Help?
UPDATE: Firefox got back to me and explained that this wasn’t a problem:
Since Netscape 4, the NS and Mozilla have used click-and-hold as a shortcut into
the context menus to allow for a quick mechanism for single-mouse users on the
Macintosh platforms. The Apple HIG, however, states that click-and-hold should
be an equivalent operation to click, except for in certain circumstances (such
as Dock tiles). Instead, Apple’s recommended route to context menus is ctrl+click.
Safari, Camino, Opera and IE 5 for Mac all use the standard ctrl+click to get
context menus, and do not respond to click-and-hold. The only click-and-hold
action in these browsers is on the back/forward buttons, to get the drop-down
history (see bug 102330). Firefox supports both ctrl+click *and* click-and-hold.
Removing click-and-hold will bring Firefox in line with the Apple HIG, but at
the cost of removing a feature that many established Mac users may be very
Some (full disclosure: myself included!) feel that this change, while initially
jarring, would be worth it in order to ensure that we are complying with the
platform look-and-feel, and point out that all other Mac apps require
ctrl+click, such as iTunes (for editing an ID3 tag), and indeed, it may be more
jarring for users to discover that click-and-hold does not work as a shortcut to
the context-menu in other applications. Further, the current click-and-hold
implimentation is somewhat buggy.
Others feel that the established user base would be very upset about this
feature being removed, noting that ctrl+click is still there, and this is just a
further optimization for one-mouse-button users. Buggy implementations should be
fixed, not removed.
That’s about where we are.
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