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Why hide the caret in a browser lacking a mouse cursor?

asked 2015-01-15 22:10:33 +0300

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updated 2015-03-28 11:51:06 +0300

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The flashing caret helps indicate a given spot on a page, revisited after a distraction and on returning to its tab on your device.

Please fix browse modes so zooming and moving occurs or text selection does. Use caret positioning followed by tap and drag (or some other gesture like tap and hold, as for tap-and-hold to select-and-copy, holding longer for full line select-and-copy (that is, "/\n*\n/" as a regular expression), the clipboard interface elsewhere/evetywhere else. Benefits are few in keeping the caret off in about:config.

Please make the copy-paste behaviour caret=True and caret=False distinct from one another. That is, in the mode where the caret is visible on the page, enable the same kind of text selection that form fields have. For long press: broadening select from caret to word to sentence/line to line/sentence to paragraph. If contenteditable=True the behaviour should be similar. If caret is off and contenteditable =False, new behaviour may be unintuitive.

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Usually a caret indicates the possibility to enter text. Having it anywhere by default would be more confusing than helpful, IMO.

tokaru ( 2015-01-22 10:59:36 +0300 )edit

The caret indicates the focus result of the last manual user input.

rdmo ( 2015-03-27 06:40:15 +0300 )edit

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answered 2015-01-22 01:30:04 +0300

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Text selection(and copy) is planned, caret browsing/positioning makes little sense in a browser (for most users, since it is not a word processor), the browser remembers where it was on a page ie. the view it had before the distraction happened.

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Yes, but the browser often enough reloads the whole page on its return, during which any user action may disrupt that positioning.

Wordprocessor, maybe not. Text editor, absolutely yes...

rdmo ( 2015-01-22 01:40:26 +0300 )edit
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