New mouse wheel handling in IE: why?
Has anyone noticed that Internet Explorer, in the latest versions (don't know exactly which, but I guess 6.0 and later) ignores the mouse wheel when the pointer is outside the rectangle of the viewer? And not just in IE, but any application that uses its viewer (Eudora, the MSDN Document Viewer - in itself, a huge step backwards from HTML Help, IMHO - etc.)?
My guess is that Microsoft made this change to allow the mouse wheel to be used to scroll more than one region in the client area. For example, if you go to a site using more than one scrollable region (such as http://www.stevemcconnell.com/ ), the mouse wheel will scroll the region over which you've placed the mouse pointer.
if you put it that way: I think it's just a hack to hide IE's lack of decent visual clues to indicate the active element
I think it makes pretty good sense to scroll in the frame (or whatever it's called) that the cursor is in... i didn't really notice until you pointed it out though... i've been using Opera 6 (cos it's so good and fast) that IE is kinda just sitting and looking pretty on my desktop.
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