Bug, feature, or just something I need to program around?

Alex Tweedly alex at tweedly.net
Wed May 12 08:25:36 EDT 2021

Thanks Mark. Yes, it is in a sense a workaround - but it's a workaround 
the user see/does.

I was hoping to avoid the "surprise" when this one common case doesn't 
do what she/he would expect.

Oh - and I've just found the workaround

> on openfield
>    select the selectedchunk
> end openfield
I'll open a bug report tonight, unless I can think of a reason why this 
behaviour is an advantage.

btw - many apps, particularly Apple's own apps for Mac, follow a 
different method. Tabbing into a single-line field will auto-select the 
entire field (multi-line fields don't), while clicking into them does 
not. I can't find a way to do that in LC - you get an 'openfield' 
message but there's no obvious way to tell whether the field was opened 
by a TAB or a click.


On 12/05/2021 09:03, Mark Smith wrote:
> Hi Alex, what sequence are you trying to do that won’t work? If you tab into a field and then cmd-arrow (right or left) I think it restores the “selection” behavior you are looking for ie. you can then shift-cmd-right or left to select the chars. Would that be a work-around?
>> On May 11, 2021, at 9:22 PM, Alex Tweedly via use-livecode <use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:
>> In a LC single line field (MacOS), the keys shift-cmd-rightarrow will select from the current position to the end of the line, and add that to the selection.
>> BUT if I TAB into the field the cursor is initially at the start of the field and the key sequence above will move the cursor to the end *without* selecting the characters.
>> At that point, shift-cmd-leftarrow will move it back to the start, still without selecting any characters. But if you do "something else" (e.g. left arrow, insert a char, delete a char, ...) then normal behaviour resumes. If you click into the field, everything behaves itself.
>> Feels to me like a bug, but I'd be happy to be corrected.
>> And, if I need to - any suggestions how I could script around it ?
>> Thanks,
>> Alex.
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