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0000430NetSurfLayoutpublic2012-12-19 22:402015-03-02 16:16
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PlatformRaspberry PIOSRISC OSOS Version5.19
Product Version3.0 
Target VersionFixed in Version 
Fixed in CI build #
Reported in CI build #0746
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Summary0000430: Text selection issues
DescriptionI'm having a hard time selecting text with the mouse. Maybe it's me, maybe not. If you see this as a Feature Request please move it.

To select some text I have to click and then drag the mouse in any direction.
-> This only works I the mouse cursor is inside a text and not above a hyperlink.

a) If the mouse is above a hyperlink and I press the mouse button the link is immediately opened (this is unusual in other browsers but seems acceptable.)

b) If the mouse cursor is not inside a text at all (eg. at the end / beginning) NetSurf simply won't start selecting anything.
Instead it will start dragging / scrolling the page around.

That way you cannot copy an email address that stands for alone or select a complete text from begin->end or other way round.
You can see it by trying to select the Word "NetSurf" in the upper left corner. I've also attached a very simple example.

Double clicking a word normally selects it up to an including the next space character. This does not work in NetSurf.
Additional InformationImported from sourceforge bug on Tue Dec 10 17:34:12 2013

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Vincent Sanders   
2013-12-18 16:18   
Text selection has been improved with the RISC OS frontend since you reported this issue. Can you try with a current CI build and see if the problem is reproducible?
Vincent Sanders   
2014-02-10 10:43   
No feedback from reporter, although I am assigning this if its not reproducible please feel free to close as such
Michael Drake   
2015-03-02 16:16   
HTML text selection is a bit dodgy. Won't be touched until the layout engine is rewritten.

Issue History
2013-12-10 17:41Vincent SandersNew Issue
2013-12-10 17:41Vincent SandersStatusnew => assigned
2013-12-10 17:41Vincent SandersAssigned To => Sourceforge Import placeholder
2013-12-10 17:41Vincent SandersDescription Updatedbug_revision_view_page.php?rev_id=40#r40
2013-12-18 16:18Vincent SandersReported in CI build # => 0746
2013-12-18 16:18Vincent SandersNote Added: 0000063
2013-12-18 16:18Vincent SandersAssigned ToSourceforge Import placeholder =>
2013-12-18 16:18Vincent SandersStatusassigned => feedback
2013-12-18 16:18Vincent SandersResolutionno change required => open
2013-12-18 16:18Vincent SandersCategoryGeneral => RISC OS-specific
2013-12-18 16:18Vincent SandersOS => RISC OS
2013-12-18 16:18Vincent SandersOS Version => 5.19
2013-12-18 16:18Vincent SandersPlatform => Raspberry PI
2013-12-18 16:18Vincent SandersProduct Version => 3.0
2013-12-18 16:18Vincent SandersDescription Updatedbug_revision_view_page.php?rev_id=403#r403
2013-12-18 16:18Vincent SandersAdditional Information Updatedbug_revision_view_page.php?rev_id=405#r405
2014-02-10 10:43Vincent SandersNote Added: 0000233
2014-02-10 10:43Vincent SandersAssigned To => Michael Drake
2014-02-10 10:45Vincent SandersAssigned ToMichael Drake => Steve Fryatt
2015-03-02 16:16Michael DrakeNote Added: 0000624
2015-03-02 16:16Michael DrakeAssigned ToSteve Fryatt =>
2015-03-02 16:16Michael DrakeReproducibilityhave not tried => always
2015-03-02 16:16Michael DrakeStatusfeedback => confirmed
2015-03-02 16:16Michael DrakeCategoryRISC OS-specific => Layout
2015-03-02 16:16Michael DrakeSummaryText selection issues on RISCOS => Text selection issues