Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 62461
(Mozilla) CTRL-A doesn't Select-All in textfields
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:41:30 EDT
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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; Q312461; .NET
Description of problem:
CTRL-A doesn't Select-All in textfields, textareas and URL bar. Instead it
jumps to the beginning of the line.
This may be a Mozilla regression since a similar fixed bug in Mozilla 0.9.2.
I posted the following to that bug report:
In both build 200231416 (Red Hat Skipjack beta) and 2002032808 (nightly Linux)
Accel-A no longer Selects-All. Instead, it makes the cursor jump to the
beginning of the line in the URL bar, textfield or textarea.
Ok, I now realize that Linux Netscape 4.7x behaves like this too, and CTRL-A is
the Emacs keybinding to go to the beginning of the line. My friend said
that "This isn't a bug because that is the behavior of GTK+, and maybe some
people LIKE the Emacs-like keybinding."
I like Emacs, but in this case I don't like this behavior and I rather expect
it to behave identically to Windows Mozilla (and Konqueror, Opera, Internet
Mozilla's own menu says that CTRL-A is a shortcut for Select-All, so I expect
that it would work in a textfield. It doesn't make logical sense to instead
jump to the beginning of the line.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Skipjack-beta1 with up2date (3-27-2002)
Ctrl-A has different meanings depending whether a text field is selected or not.
Ctrl-A moves the cursor to the beginning of th line when a text field is
selected (and it should stay this way, IMO).
Ctrl-A - Select all text on the page otherwise.
That's not a bug.