Bug#133122: mozilla-browser: Irritating behaviour for URL pasting and focus

Mike Hommey mh at glandium.org
Sat Apr 21 17:09:24 UTC 2007

On Sat, Feb 09, 2002 at 01:39:18PM -0500, Mark Carroll <mark at chaos.x-philes.com> wrote:
> Package: mozilla-browser
> Version: 2:0.9.5-5
> Severity: wishlist
> I've a couple of thoughts for improving mozilla's usability. Apologies
> if I'm atypical, or misascribing the problem, or missing a preferences
> setting that would fix things.
> The operation for getting a URL from the paste buffer to being opened
> in the browser is made irritating. If I completely highlight a URL
> (e.g. that of the current location), and hit the middle button to
> paste a new one on top, then instead of replacing the old URL with the
> new one it puts the new one amidst the old one.
> This is made slightly more irritating by the fact that, to bring up
> the window for opening new locations, it's control+shift+L instead of
> a two-keypress operation, and that that window has no 'clear' button
> like Netscape 4, etc.
> Also, it is annoyingly common that when a new mozilla window is
> brought up or a new page visited, focus is on the URL current-location
> thing at the top of the window, instead of on the page itself. This
> means that I have to find a 'dead' region on the page and click on it
> before I can use page-down, cursor keys, etc. to move around within
> it.
> So, my suggestions are basically that:
> By default, focus should be on the web page, not the current-location-URL.
> When pasting onto highlighted text, the entire text should be replaced.
> I hope these are useful suggestions, at least for the upstream people.

Nowadays, you can hit Ctrl+L to get into the location bar, with the
whole url selected (which won't put it in the clipboard). You can then
press backspace to remove the whole url and finally paste the new url in
the location bar. If you're satisfied with this, we can close this bug.



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