Issue 50659

Summary: Default focus on dialogs does not preselect texts
Product: General Reporter: pokidoki <pokidoki>
Component: uiAssignee: AOO issues mailing list <issues>
Status: CONFIRMED --- QA Contact:
Severity: Trivial    
Priority: P3 CC: bettina.haberer, issues, matthias.mueller-prove
Version: OOo 1.1.4Keywords: rfe_eval_ok, usability
Target Milestone: AOO Later   
Hardware: PC   
OS: All   
Issue Type: ENHANCEMENT Latest Confirmation in: ---
Developer Difficulty: ---

Description pokidoki 2005-06-13 12:04:06 UTC
Issue applies to all known OO product versions, even StarOffice Build 106.

When working inside OO (no matter if Writer, Calc or Impress) you sometimes need
to call a dialog, e.g. for changing the style or object properties.

After the dialog opens it will display several tabstrips with an active tabstrip
in the front. Inside this tabstrip many other user interface elements will be
available. (e.g. the Organizer tabstrip)

If a input field is the first field to be focused after the dialog is being
presented to the user (the dialog's default focus user interface element) the
textual content (the characters) of that field will not automatically be
preselected. When navigating the focus forward [Tab] and back again
[Shift]+[Tab] the textual content will be preselected.

Preselected text has the opportunity to easily overtype the preselected text
without the need to do a selection before. Especially in dialogs where the text
field will be deleted with a likelihood of more than 80% the text should be
automatically preselected. (Style dialogs, page 1: Organizer, field "Name" for

The unavailability of the preselection in the default focus field is
inconsistent to focus management on fields in general. While navigating with
[Tab] to other fields those field's content always gets preselected while the
default focus field does not on it's initial focus.

Please preselect default focus field's textual content as well.
Comment 1 pokidoki 2005-06-13 12:18:19 UTC
Additional information: If you switch through the tab pages by using
[Ctrl]+[PageUp] or [Ctrl]+[PageDown] the default focus field will automatically
preselect text content. (That's exactly the way it should be on the first
tabstrip page on initial display!)
Comment 2 bettina.haberer 2005-06-13 12:51:42 UTC
As this is an enhancement, the owner gets changed to the owner for enhancements
and features.
Comment 3 bettina.haberer 2005-06-13 12:53:16 UTC
Added further cc.
Comment 4 pokidoki 2006-02-27 11:29:18 UTC
I still believe this is a BUG. Whenever an input field gets a focus, the content
gets automatically preselected. When displaying a field the default field also
gets focus. Thus is also preselects the content.
The users are used to this behaviour since the operating systems all support
this kind of preselection, in almost any application or system component.