Urgent call for testing: Firefox 2.0RC3

Arwyn Hainsworth arwynh+ubuntu at gmail.com
Sat Oct 21 00:07:27 BST 2006

To summarise arguments for and against the change, as valid for Ubuntu
(GNOME thingy excluded)

1) Standard cross-platform, cross-browser (IE, Opera) behaviour is
2) This is the current expected behaviour and people used to it will have to
learn not to use it.

1) Shortcutting 'backspace' to 'page-back' is a usability bug that can cause
data loss.

As far as I'm concerned, fixing a bug that can cause data loss is more
important than keeping backwards compatibility.
You might say I'm slightly biased in this matter however, since I've lost
data to this bug a number of times now and I was very pleased to hear it was
finally fixed.

Having 'backspace' do anything other than 'delete last character' in an
application where data entry is a primary use is not exactly a clever thing
to do. Following this logic, having backspace shortcut to do nothing when a
text field is out of focus would be better behaviour than 'page-up'.


On 21/10/06, Jan Claeys <lists at janc.be> wrote:
> Op vrijdag 20-10-2006 om 16:32 uur [tijdzone -0400], schreef Hubert
> Figuiere:
> > > Even worse: Nautilus uses backspace = one directory level up, so
> > > Firefox's new behaviour isn't consistent with the GNOME file browser
> > > either...
> >
> > That is because Firefox is not a Gnome application.
> >
> > It is like saying a KDE application have a UI different from it Gnome
> > counterpart.
> Well, exactly, but like Andreas Lloyd said:
>         Actually, if you check the upstream bug report, you'll find that
>         this is the new intended behaviour for Firefox on Linux,
>         apparently since it is more consistent with the way that GNOME
>         and KDE filebrowsers work, and now they won't change it back.
> So it's Mozilla.org who said that they made this change for
> compatibility with (a.o.) the GNOME file browser, while this reason is
> completely bogus, because it does *not* behave like that in the default
> GNOME file browser (at least not in Ubuntu).
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