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Opening a Folder from the Dock

Sick of the dock on Mac OS X Leopard not being able to open folders with a simple click, like sanity demands and like it used to be in Tiger? You can, of course click it, and then click again on Open in Finder, but that's twice as many clicks as it used to be. (And while you're at it, Control-click the folder, and choose both Display as Folder and View Content as List from the contextual menu. Once you have the content displaying as a list, there's an Open command right there, but that requires Control-clicking and choosing a menu item.) The closest you can get to opening a docked folder with a single click is Command-click, which opens its enclosing folder. However, if you instead put a file from the docked folder in the Dock, and Command-click that file, you'll see the folder you want. Of course, if you forget to press Command when clicking, you'll open the file, which may be even more annoying.

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Poll Results: Clear as Mud

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Poll Results: Clear as Mud -- The 1,600 responses to our poll asking about your common responses to Web pages that display badly offer some valuable lessons.

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  • If you're a Web page designer, you have a large vested interest in making your pages display correctly, since 71 percent of the people participating in the poll said that going to another page or site was a common response, whereas only 32 percent said they'd try to ignore the problem and 4 percent said they would futz with the HTML to make the page display. In short, you may have gotten the hits once, but you've lost a regular visitor.

  • Web browser developers should note that 32 percent of the people try reloading the page, since that sometimes clears up problems, 17 percent try tweaking browser options to make the page display better, and 20 percent try a different browser (though only 3 percent try Windows browsers). The moral? There's lots of room for improvement in making the browser display pages better for the user and adjusting automatically to wacky page layout so the user doesn't have to fiddle with browser options. I'd also note that loyalty is relatively low if 20 percent of respondents commonly switch browsers to view a page correctly.

  • Finally, even though only 6 percent of respondents said they commonly report problems, that's a sufficiently high number that if I were a webmaster, I'd whack on the designers to make sure the site worked properly for as many users as possible. Otherwise you'll be receiving a lot of unnecessary problem reports. [ACE]

 

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