4 Replies Latest reply on Dec 4, 2008 9:54 AM by Newsgroup_User

    TextArea: Interface for user selection is deficient

    Phrankie Level 1
      Flex TextAreas do not honor widely accepted selection practices.

      Here are some normal editing gestures unsupported by Flex TextAreas:
      • word-double-click-drag-right fails to select subsequent words

      • word-double-click-drag-left fails to select previous words.

      • triple-click fails to select the paragraph

      • The user has to make an awkward maneuver to select multiple lines, particularly when the intention is to include the first or last line.*

      • If the mouse is outside the window at mouse up, then no selection is made! Very clumsy feeling. Some application behave this way, some don’t.

            * Click-drag-down almost operates normally, but here are steps that produce anomalies:

                 Click before the first char in the field.
                 Drag down.

            Result: No matter how far you drag, the last line never selects.
            Normally, when the drags past the last line, it gets selected ... and the converse happens when dragging upward.

            Selecting lines is usually quite simple. Most applications and fields allow click-drag-down, or click-drag-up.

      Has anyone come up with a solution?

      Phrankie
        • 1. Re: TextArea: Interface for user selection is deficient
          Gregory Lafrance Level 6
          Your examples of unsupported gestures are not displaying correctly here. Please edit your post and check to ensure they display okay.
          • 2. Re: TextArea: Interface for user selection is deficient
            ericbelair Level 1
            quote:

            Originally posted by: Phrankie
            Flex TextAreas do not honor widely accepted selection practices.

            Here are some normal editing gestures unsupported by Flex TextAreas:
            • word-double-click-drag-right fails to select subsequent words

            • word-double-click-drag-left fails to select previous words.

            • triple-click fails to select the paragraph

            • The user has to make an awkward maneuver to select multiple lines, particularly when the intention is to include the first or last line.*

            • If the mouse is outside the window at mouse up, then no selection is made! Very clumsy feeling. Some application behave this way, some don’t.

                  * Click-drag-down almost operates normally, but here are steps that produce anomalies:

                       Click before the first char in the field.
                       Drag down.

                  Result: No matter how far you drag, the last line never selects.
                  Normally, when the drags past the last line, it gets selected ... and the converse happens when dragging upward.

                  Selecting lines is usually quite simple. Most applications and fields allow click-drag-down, or click-drag-up.

            Has anyone come up with a solution?

            Phrankie


            • 3. Re: TextArea: Interface for user selection is deficient
              Phrankie Level 1
              Eric,

              Thank you for reposting my message legibly!

              I previewed my message before posting, and it looked fine, so I had no idea it was not displaying correctly.

              Much appreciated!!!

              Phrankie
              • 4. Re: TextArea: Interface for user selection is deficient
                Level 7

                "Phrankie" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
                news:gh9517$i8$1@forums.macromedia.com...
                > Eric,
                >
                > Thank you for reposting my message legibly!
                >
                > I previewed my message before posting, and it looked fine, so I had no
                > idea it was not displaying correctly.
                >
                > Much appreciated!!!
                >
                > Phrankie

                Doesn't look much different over nntp...