Apple's Mighty Mouse

So I'm browsing around the source for Apple's Mighty Mouse page because I want to know how they rig their "Local Reseller" search form to provide history and stuff like that. Well, the page doesn't validate of course, because they're using some Safari extensions to the <input> tag, namely a "search" type with attributes such as "placeholder" (which is text that is displayed in field until you give it focus) and "autosave" which stores the values you enter in a cache.

Anyhoo... I happened to note one other irregularity. Specifically, the little legal statement they have at the bottom of the page:

Mighty Mouse © Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved.

But what caught my eye in the source was the class attribute applied to the <p> tag:

<p class="sosumi">Mighty Mouse &#169; Viacom
International Inc. All Rights Reserved.</p>

Classic. Well, it's the same class they use for all their legalese, but considering the context here, it amuses me.

Oh, and the mouse? I dig it. I just wish it came sans tail. Will Apple ship this with their new machines? I hope so. I think I read that it still functions as a single button for the left and right sides until you reconfigure it. So developers-- remember: keep your apps single-button friendly! Especially you, Apple.

I've wondered if the squeeze buttons can be programmed to act as the left-mouse button action (actually, it appears you can't map them to the primary button-- at least not using the bundled software). I wonder if it would feel more natural and/or logical to squeeze and drag rather than click and drag. If I'm moving a window around or a file from one folder to another. Squeeze and drag would be like physically clutching the item and moving it around. Then again, that may not be too ergonomic over the course of an 8 hour day.

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Cap'n Hector said:

They actually use that tag all over the place on their pages.

adi said:

Sosumi is a hallmark of Apple lore:
Wikipedia Article on Sosumi

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