Closed Bug 18251 Opened 21 years ago Closed 21 years ago
[FEATURE] Customizable commands on middle mouse click
It would be nice if I could customize the middle click to do whatever I want it to,(Back, Forward, History, go to URL, etc) and do different commands in different situations. Example: I choose middle click to go Back normally, but opens a link in a new window when the mouse is over a link. I should also be able to do this in Messenger and Composer, but with commands specific to them. here's the original request from n.p.m.wishlist ------------------------ Hi All, I was browsing the threads around here, and I saw a thread about making the middle button open a link into a new window. I think this is a great idea, but in thinking about it I came up with the following idea that would make it even better. What if you could customize the middle mouse button to do user specified commands? For example, it would be nice if I could customize the middle button to execute Back, Forward, History, write a new email, etc. That is just the beginning though. I also wish that I could customize it to do different actions in different contexts. Say if normally the middle button is set to execute Back, if the mouse is over a link, it should open a new window (or copy the URL, or Edit in Composer, or whatever I choose). When I am not over the link, it would just execute Back. It would also be really cool if I could do this in messenger, too. For example, when I read newsgroups, I usually hit the next unread message button to go to the next message. It would be cool if I could customize the middle click to do that. There are probably some cross-platform concerns with this though (i.e. The mac's 1 button mouse), and it may be better suited for advanced users than grandma. (I'm not sure if there is going to be normal/advanced modes in mozilla?)
Component: Browser-General → Event Handling
QA Contact: leger → janc
Target Milestone: M15
Setting QA Contact and component
Yes, it would be great if mouse events were customizable through a mechanism like the one currently used for XUL key bindings.
Assigning to appropriate engineer.
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Closed: 21 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Actually, it turns out that you can do this already. I added "go to url in clipboard" by adding code in navigator.xul and navigator.js, and didn't have to touch any C++ code in order for it to work. That means you could presumably make it do back, etc. by writing the appropriate JS code. Cool -- I didn't know this was possible until alecf suggested that I try it. One issue to be wary of: there's a bug on event handling, where JS events and C++ dom event handlers sometimes both get called (the event doesn't get cancelled) because things are happening in the wrong order: see bug 23669.
QA: Jan, I can show you the middle mouse go-to-clipboard-url working in the browser window, or you can try it (preferably on linux, not all windows boxes actually generate middle-mouse events), or you can just take my word for it. :-)
Mass update: changing qacontact to firstname.lastname@example.org
QA Contact: janc → ckritzer
Updating QA Contact.
QA Contact: ckritzer → lorca
Reassigning QA Contact for all open and unverified bugs previously under Lorca's care to Gerardo as per phone conversation this morning.
QA Contact: lorca → gerardok
QA contact updated
QA Contact: gerardok → madhur
verified on build 2001-08-06-trunk
Status: RESOLVED → VERIFIED
wait why is this bug marked FIXED?
Well, you can customize them by expanding the jar files and changing the JS code. If you want a nice API or UI for end users, that would be a different matter (actually two different matters, one for the API and one for the UI; both would certainly be future/helpwanted, and would be a lot of work, but if someone wanted to work on it and wants help, let me know since I'd be glad to offer pointers/suggestions).
well can we leave the bug open until this happens?
Component: Event Handling → User events and focus handling
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