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Maneesh Godbole
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Currently I am working on an application where the user can select various components from the "pallette" and drop them into a box where the relationship between the components can be defined.

It is possible to provide this functionality using either the D&D feature. Or the components can have menus like "Add to Box", "Remove From Box", "Map to" etc.

Since the positioning of the dropped component is irrelevant, I am thinking of going for the menu option. This application is typically going to be used by the enterprise "Admin" kind of person. Are there are "Admin" users amongst us who would like to define their preference regarding the kind of interaction they would prefer? Even if you are not an "Admin" user, any thoughts, insights, suggestions are welcome.
 
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I would say use which ever mechanism involves less mouse clicks and mouse moves for the user and still provides an obvious logical interface.

For instance: D&D is great unless you have to drag right across the screen using a laptop touch pad.
 
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Thanks for your input.
 
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