There is nothing on the internet that requires a double-click. Let me say that again…
THERE IS NOTHING ON THE INTERNET THAT REQUIRES A DOUBLE-CLICK!.
This morning there was a harmless post over at creative bits about not being able to configure a double-click button on the new Apple Might Mouse. This story sent me into a little rant about a subject that has annoyed me for years. It’s double-clicking. I’ve said it before, but incase you weren’t paying attention… There is nothing on the internet that requires a double-click! So, stop doing it!
Have you ever watched people browse the internet? Try it sometime. You’ll see them double-click on everything. I don’t know how this started, but somehow people have gotten it into their head that they should double-click links. People, people, people… the internet (and most CDs) are a single-click environment. Do not double click! Double-clicking works great for opening files (or folders) on your hard drive, but the internet is not your hard drive, there is a difference.
I’m always shocked at how many people I see doing this. I even have to yell at my girlfriend, constantly, to stop double-clicking. Again, there is nothing on the internet that requires double-clicking.
At this point, you’re probably saying… WOW! What gives? Why is he so obsessed with this? Well, it comes from being a developer of websites and CD-ROM presentations. You see, double-clicking often breaks things in a single-click environment. Usually the first click initiates an action, but the second click either cancels, or changes that action. Example: you have a link that is meant to open a small window containing a movie or image. The first click opens the window, but the second click holds the main window in front… forcing the smaller window to go behind it. At this point your client calls you and says the site is broken, the window won’t open. Uhm… no, it did open, it’s behind the main window… you double-clicking punk-ass. Fortunately, this has become less of an issues with modern browsers. Many times the second click is ignored. But still… what the hell are you double-clicking for?
People please, keep the double-clicks confined to your operating system. They have no place on the internet or in CD presentations.
Anyway, that’s my little rant for today. Let’s try to get some momentum going here. I want everyone who reads this to post a similar story on their site, or just link back to this one. If we can get this out to enough sites, maybe we can stamp out double-clicking forever.