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10.4: View an informative summary of Mail accounts
Authored by: tifighter on May 15, '05 06:36:58PM

It seems to me that the action/gear menu that is becoming standard fare in Apple (and some other) applications is Apple's response to two design standards:

1: with one button mice you can get contextual menu information without the use of control-clicking. This convention seems most geared toward the novice user who may not think of control-clicking on items. Unfortunately the action menu isn't necessarily exactly the same as actually control clicking on an item. Take the Finder window action menu for example.

2 and more to our point here: With the addition of the action menu to an application, Apple can still adhere to their no-contextual-menu-only-functions standard while in effect adding functionality to contextual menus.

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