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Thank you for your answers, and yes they help since I can now better figure
out what went on when this choice has been made.

Lately, I had to configure an OS X desktop for some friend. By default the
scroll wheel works in opposite sense in OS X in regards to the other common
OSes (at least Windows and Linux). By digging in its configuration screen I
could find a check box allowing to disable what was called "natural

The same way LibreOffice seems to have made the the choice to offer "natural
resizing" by default, ie. a functionality where the resizing follows exactly
mouse movement. Pressing the shift key therefore enables an additional
feature, actually some kind of helper, which will help the resizing to keep
the image ratio even it does not follow exactly mouse movement anymore.

However, here is the point that in computer science, what is "natural" and
what is "expected" are often far from being the same things. There are tons
of helpers that are triggered automatically which makes life easier and make
the computer act smarter. The same way than in the above example there was
somewhere a check-box allowing to choose between "natural scrolling" and
what I may call "expected scrolling", it should be a nice feature to have an
option (either somewhere in the configuration screen or, probably even
better, in the form of an icon in the image toolbar) which will allow the
end-user to choose the expected resizing behaviors.

I've now just created the bug / enhancement request (seems that both links
lead to the same page) 77393:


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