[Etoys] Another eToys on XO testemonial

Bert Freudenberg bert at freudenbergs.de
Thu Nov 20 17:25:49 EST 2008

On 20.11.2008, at 22:16, Takashi Yamamiya wrote:

> Bert Freudenberg wrote:
>> On 20.11.2008, at 20:21, Takashi Yamamiya wrote:
>>> Bert Freudenberg wrote:
>>>> Well, there actually is a preference indeed to enable the big   
>>>> cursor,  and it is of course enabled on the XO for its 200 dpi   
>>>> screen (the  regular 16 pixels-tall cursor is *tiny*). We  
>>>> already  made the cursor  quite a bit smaller and pointier than  
>>>> Eben's Sugar  default cursor. But  maybe it's still too large ...
>>>> Takashi, what do you think?
>>> I believe that all cursors for each software in a system should be
>>> same size. So I think cursor size have to be in the system global
>>> preference if it is necessary.
>> While I agree in principle, by that logic we'd have to switch to  
>> the  Sugar cursor which is unusably bulky. Besides, we don't have  
>> the logic  to use system cursors yet.
> Yes,
>> But we could easily make our cursor smaller. Do we want to do that?
> I don't think so for now. It is difficult to read optimal cursor size
> only from the article.
> http://blog.laptopmag.com/olpc-mali-collaboration-emerges-as-the-program-winds-down
> The mouse was either too fast, or their little fingers were too
> fast. There is no consistency with the mouse arrow and buttons. It
> is too big and the buttons are too small. It would be great if the
> child could choose the size of the arrow as it can sometimes get
> lost on screen.
> Even we have to make it larger, otherwise it would get lost on screen
> more likely???

Hmm, strange indeed. I'd vote for pressure-sensitive touchpad buttons  
then, the more you press, the larger the cursor gets. How does that  

- Bert -

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