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10.7: Reverse Reversed Scrolling direction
Authored by: ViewRoyal on Jul 21, '11 09:55:47AM

This change makes so much sense, especially if you are using a multi-touch trackpad (multi-touch is the new focus of interacting with OS X).

"Scrolling" is really "dragging". A page is an object just as text and graphics are objects on a page. If you drag a graphic on a page, you logically expect that object to move in the same direction that you are dragging... not the opposite direction. The same applies to the page itself. If you drag the body of a page, it should move in the same direction, not opposite (as it used to do).

Scroll bars have been "demoted" in Lion. They are invisible unless you either drag a page or move the cursor over a window edge. The scroll bars are no longer the "object".

Although this is a change from previous versions of Mac OS X, it is a change for the better, and it makes perfect sense.

If you are using a previous version of Mac OS X, and are thinking of moving to Lion, you should download a free application called "Scroll Reverser". It will help untrain you from dragging pages the old way (in the opposite direction), and train you on the new, logical way so that you are ready to roll when you upgrade to Lion.

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