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When Quick Drop inserts a division operator: wire up the numerator, and leave the denominator unwired.

When you use Quick Drop to insert a division operation onto a wire: you almost always want the numerator to be automatically wired, and the divisor to be unwired.  Yet, Quick Drop always wires up the denominator.

 

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Proven Zealot

With the right-click Insert menu, we use the relative position of the mouse as a guide -- if the mouse is below the wire, we insert the node deflected down, so (on Divide) the numerator gets wired; if the mouse is above the wire, the denominator gets wired. With QuickDrop, there's no guidance about which is preferable, so nodes generally connect as they would if the mouse were above the wire. I doubt we would add special coding for any specific node without some severe use case driving it.

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@D* wrote:

When you use Quick Drop to insert a division operation onto a wire: you almost always want the numerator to be automatically wired, and the divisor to be unwired.  Yet, Quick Drop always wires up the denominator.


@D*, for now, don't forget about the <CTRL> + Click action to swap input wires (once they are both connected).

Trusted Enthusiast

>@D*, for now, don't forget about the <CTRL> + Click action to swap input wires (once they are both connected).

 

I always get the urge to post an idea to make this work even when only one input is connected... It feels weird that I need to wire the 2nd input wrong, making it worse,  before I can make it right.

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@wiebe, do it! I agree with you, you should be able to move one wire to the other terminal using the same mechanism. On the same token, handling more than two terminals would be nice (albeit much more complex). If you post an idea I'll add some input.

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Seems like the opposite (below wire) implementation would be a preferred default. I would think that the majority of us think about the numerator of division or the menuend of subtraction first. Whether using infix, postfix, or prefix for math everything's noted on the page with the numerator or menuend first.