[Bug 1690254] Re: Ubuntu browser builds can't select text on NYTimes articles

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On 2017-05-11T01:11:50+00:00 Mozilla-org-8 wrote:

User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux x86_64; rv:53.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/53.0
Build ID: 20170418122848

Steps to reproduce:

Load an NYTimes article such as
orbits-music.html and attempt to select some text, either via click-and-
drag or double/triple click.

Actual results:

Click-and-drag scrolls some links to other articles in from the sides,
while double click resizes the article text. Caret Browsing also doesn't
work, as the arrow keys are overridden. Only <Ctrl>+<A> still works as

There doesn't seem to be an invisible layer above the text, since the
mouse cursor changes between a pointer, finger, and text cursor, and
since clicking on links works.

This inconsistency violates the Law of Least Astonishment.

Expected results:

The user should be able to select text at will.

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On 2017-05-11T05:29:07+00:00 Mats-l wrote:

Selection works fine for me, using FF53 on Linux64.

Can you reproduce the problem also with all add-ons disabled? (if you have them)
Can you reproduce the problem also with an official Mozilla build? (it appears
you are using an Ubuntu distro build)

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On 2017-05-11T08:14:27+00:00 Mozilla-org-8 wrote:

Good idea. I've retested, results are as follows:

Ubuntu Firefox 53.0+build6 with clean profile, Ubuntu Modifications add-on only: same bug as reported above
Ubuntu Firefox 53.0+build6 with clean profile and no add-ons: same bug as reported above
Ubuntu Chromium 58.0.3029.96: same bug as reported above

Linux 64bit Official Mozilla Firefox 53.0.2 with clean profile: no problem
Windows 32bit Mozilla 52.0.2: no problem

This implies it's an Ubuntu-specific issue. Didn't realise they made any
substantive changes. Shall I file a bug in Canonical Launchpad?

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On 2017-05-11T08:55:17+00:00 Mozilla-org-8 wrote:

All the above Linux tests were on Ubuntu 17.04. Surprisingly:

Ubuntu Firefox 53.0+build6 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS: no problem

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On 2017-05-11T13:49:19+00:00 Mats-l wrote:

Thanks for testing!

> Shall I file a bug in Canonical Launchpad?

Yes, please.

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On 2017-05-11T22:41:58+00:00 Mozilla-org-8 wrote:

Done: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/firefox/+bug/1690254

I wonder if Ubuntu's push for desktop/handheld unification led them to
make some changes related to touch, because the failure mode somewhat
resembles the way the site may be expected to work on a mobile phone.
Except those have mechanisms to select text, such as tap-and-hold, which
also don't work here.

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** Changed in: firefox
       Status: Unknown => New

** Changed in: firefox
   Importance: Unknown => Medium

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