emojis for mouse buttons?

John W Kennedy via Unicode unicode at unicode.org
Wed Jan 1 09:08:42 CST 2020

As I have already said, this will not do. Mouses do not have “left” and “right” buttons; they have “primary” buttons, which may be on the left or right, and “secondary” buttons, which may be on the right or left. If this goes through, users with left-handed mouse setups will curse you forever.

John W. Kennedy
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> On Jan 1, 2020, at 6:43 AM, Marius Spix via Unicode <unicode at unicode.org> wrote:
> Cecause the middle button of many mice is a scroll button, I think, we
> need five different characters:
> LEFT MOUSE BUTTON CLICK (mouse with left button black)
> MIDDLE MOUSE BUTTON CLICK (mouse with middle button black)
> RIGHT MOUSE BUTTON CLICK (mouse with right button black)
> MOUSE SCROLL UP (mouse with middle button black and white triangle
> pointing up inside)
> MOUSE SCROLL DOWN (mouse with middle button black and white triangle
> pointing down inside)
> These characters are pretty useful in software manuals, training
> materials and user interfaces.
> Happy New Year,
> Marius
>> On Tue, 31 Dec 2019 23:04:39 +0100
>> Philippe Verdy via Unicode <unicode at unicode.org> WROTE:
>> Playing with the fiolling of the middle cell to mean a double click
>> is a bad idea, it would be better to add one or two rounded borders
>> separated from the button, or simply display two icons in sequence
>> for a double click).
>> Note that the glyphs do not necessarily have to show a mouse, it
>> could as well be a square with its lower third part split into two or
>> three squares, like a touchpad (see the notification icons displayed
>> by Synaptics touchpad drivers). The same rounded borders could also
>> mean the number of clicks. As well, if a ouse is represented, it may
>> or may not have a wire.
>> Emoji-styles could use more realistic 3D-like rendering with extra
>> shadows...
>> Le mar. 31 déc. 2019 à 22:16, wjgo_10009 at btinternet.com via Unicode <
>> unicode at unicode.org> a écrit :  
>>> How about the following.
>>> A filled upper cell to mean click,
>>> a filled upper cell and a filled middle cell to mean double click,
>> Note that clicking and maintaining the button is just like the
>> convention of using "+" after a key modifier before the actual key
>> (both key may be styled separately to decorate their glyphs into a
>> keycap, but such styling should not be applied in the distinctive
>> glyph; there may also be emoji sequences to combine an anonymous
>> keycap base emoji with the following characters, using joiner
>> controls, but this is more difficult for keys whose labels are texts
>> made of multiple letters like "End" or words like "Print Screen",
>> after a possible Unicode symbol for keys like Page Up, Home, End,
>> NumLock; styling the text offers better option and accessibility even
>> if symbols are used and a whole translatable string is surrounded by
>> deocrating styles to create a visual keycap).

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