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Bug: faulty drag selection of character

Steps:
1 In the Article editor Normal View, enter +-
2 Click between the two, and hold
3 Drag across the -

Expected behaviour: - is highlighted

Observed behaviour: +- is highlighted

BTW, is this the preferred place & way to report bugs?

Chris John Jordan (CityDesk 1.0.27, Win95B)
Sunday, March 24, 2002

How is this any different from normal windows behavior.

Try doing what you said to your post in Internet Explorer.

This forum is where you post bugs. Or you can try e-mailing them to Fog Creek.

Mark W
Sunday, March 24, 2002

> How is this any different from normal windows behavior.

Totally - Windows 'normal' behaviour (i.e. CEdit e.g. Notepad) is as Expected.

> Try doing what you said to your post in Internet Explorer.

Sure: == Observed. No surprise there since ISTM CityDesk's editor is uses IE!

Other browsers e.g. Netscape and Opera behave as Expected.

> This forum is where you post bugs. Or you can try
> e-mailing them to Fog Creek.

Thanks.

Chris John Jordan (CityDesk 1.0.27, Win95B)
Monday, March 25, 2002

> How is this any different from normal windows behavior.

Totally - Windows 'normal' behaviour (i.e. CEdit e.g. Notepad) is as Expected.

> Try doing what you said to your post in Internet Explorer.

Sure: == Observed. No surprise there since CityDesk's editor is ISTM uses IE!

Other browsers e.g. Netscape and Opera behave as Expected.

> This forum is where you post bugs. Or you can try
> e-mailing them to Fog Creek.

Thanks.

Chris John Jordan
Monday, March 25, 2002

I suspect this innovation was introduced when Microsoft Word got "full-word selection" for dragging a few versions back. Unfortunately the IE team left out the switch to turn this off. Which probably means that Fog Creek can't do a damned thing about it.

The behavior is also dependent on other software. On my system, with all of the latest bits installed (IE6 with all service packs, .NET Framework), I can in fact select just the minus sign in your original example.

A trick that sometimes works: drag from right-to-left instead of left-to-right. Annoying, but it will turn off the full-word selection in some cases.

Mike Gunderloy
Monday, March 25, 2002

It's irritating.  I've gotten used to adding a temporary comma before I copy.  That stops the extra highlighting.

tk
Monday, March 25, 2002

> I suspect this innovation was introduced when Microsoft
> Word got "full-word selection" for dragging

Word FWS is unlike CD's behaviour - it neither treats +- as a word nor 'unsticks' upon a second wipe in the same drag.

Chris John Jordan (CityDesk 1.0.27, Win95B)
Monday, March 25, 2002

Unfortunately as someone pointed out this IS the behaviour of IE and hence the behaviour of Microsoft's HTMLEdit ActiveX control which uses most of the IE code.

Michael H. Pryor
Monday, March 25, 2002

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