Opened 5 years ago

Last modified 5 years ago

#5017 new defect

share link text box selects URL text automatically (that is: messes around with user's UI)

Reported by: aseerel4c26 Owned by: rails-dev@…
Priority: minor Milestone:
Component: website Version:
Keywords: share Cc:

Description

The text box of the share panel automatically highlights/selects all text as soon as you try to select the text in it. You have no chance to manually select the whole or a part of the text. That for example destroys middle click behaviour (select to copy, middle click to paste) which I would like to use. At least that is the case in Firefox 24. In Chromium 30 the text is copied to the middle-click clipboard. For Firefox the only workaround is to use Ctrl+C or right click and "copy".

Please let the user decide what and how he wants to copy/select! Do not mess around with the UI for advantage of one style of usage but for disadvantage of another style of usage, please.

Change History (4)

comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by aseerel4c26

Oh, yes, hint for the windows users: you likely do not know the very handy textselect/middleclick copy/paste feature. ;-)

comment:2 Changed 5 years ago by aseerel4c26

  • Summary changed from OSM share link text box selects URL text automatically (that is: messes around with user's UI) to share link text box selects URL text automatically (that is: messes around with user's UI)

comment:3 follow-up: Changed 5 years ago by TomH

I believe this was a deliberate design decision.

Basically it's a question of a tradeoff between making it easy to select the whole text for the large number of people that just want to share the link, and allowing a small number of people that only want to select part of it to be able to do so.

You can always select from the URL bar of course, if you only want to select part of the link.

comment:4 in reply to: ↑ 3 Changed 5 years ago by aseerel4c26

Replying to TomH:

I think so too. Still, it is a "defect" from my POV/usecase. The main problem is that the copy-by-select-and-paste-by-middle-click feature (common for Linux at least) is not possible anymore (not sure why it is still working in Chromium).

Sure, there are many workarounds. Still it is annoying.

If this "feature"/defect would be switched off/fixed then Windows users would need to do a double click (usually) in the text box instead of a single click (and copy by crl+c or context menu). Not that much more, right and is expected from textboxes by the user. But for the current behaviour it completely breaks the usual workflow (aka: why the hell, can't I select that text.. damn... ggrrr).

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