Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.

Re: Windows vs. Mac mouse tracking

Author:Bruce Hoult
Posted:4/10/1999; 7:42:43 AM
Topic:scriptingNews outline for 3/11/99
Msg #:4932 (In response to 4064)
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I would say it's pretty obvious the difference. I'm never comfortable doing controlled movements on a Windows mouse/tablet.

I've heard it is because a Mac mouse is tracked by hardware, whereas a Windows mouse is tracked by software.

The original Mac mouse generated interrupts which were simply counted by software.

The ADB mice came into use in 1987 and use a 9600 bps serial link run as a network (i.e. not a lot different in principle from SLIP or PPP). That's *got* to be worse for precise and smooth mouse movement than what was on the Mac 128 - Mac Plus, but it seems to work fine.

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