Issue 46865 - Drag-selection not possible in hyperlink text
Summary: Drag-selection not possible in hyperlink text
Alias: None
Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: editing (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.0 Beta
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Reported: 2005-04-06 19:06 UTC by rsearjeant
Modified: 2013-08-07 14:44 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Issue Type: DEFECT
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Description rsearjeant 2005-04-06 19:06:35 UTC
My Environment:

Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP4
Dell Precision 650, Intel Xeon 2.4GHz, 1GB RAM 2.0 Beta (1.9.79)

Steps to reproduce issue:

1) Open or create a document containing a hyperlink.
2) Switch from activate to selection mode (on the Status Bar, click the HYP 
3) Place the cursor inside a hyperlink in your text
4) Try to select a part of the hyperlink text with the mouse.  Note the cursor-
change to indicate a drag/drop operation.
5) Note that Writer begins a drag. 
6) Use the ESCAPE key to cancel the drag.

Word does not do this; in Word, drag-selection in a hyperlink does what you 
would expect, i.e. allows you to extend the selection by dragging.  I believe 
Writer should do this too, when 'activate' is switched off.

Strangely (and inconsistently), if you double-click a word in the hyperlink 
text, you *can* then extend the selection by dragging but, as you might expect, 
only in word-sized increments.

Workaround: place the cursor in the hyperlink text, hold down the SHIFT key and 
use the arrow keys.

Although you can work around this, it's a bug IMO, but I have reduced it to P4.
Comment 1 michael.ruess 2005-04-07 10:08:13 UTC
Reassigned to ES.
Comment 2 eric.savary 2005-04-07 14:37:40 UTC
Comment 3 lutz.hoeger 2007-11-09 09:07:14 UTC
This is nor an RFE, neither is it P4 only. It is a plain usability bug. 

The user has to be able to select hyperlinks using the mouse, just as he does
with normal text. In fact, selecting a hyperlink with the mouse works, *if* one
starts at the end of a link - very strange work-around, isn't it?

I don't recall if we ever designed it this way intentionally, nevertheless it is
a usability issue that has to be fixed more urgently than "P4" usually suggests.

So I raisr this to P3, and change the type to defect, change the owner to QA and
(with some optimism) set the target to OOo 3.0. Please support getting this
annoyance fixed soon, by forwarding to the appropriate developer. Thanks.
Comment 4 michael.ruess 2007-11-13 10:42:59 UTC
MRU->ES: pls have a look and evaluate Lutz' comment carefully. Thanks!
Comment 5 eric.savary 2007-11-13 14:46:19 UTC
@AMA: PLease have a look.
Comment 6 andreas.martens 2008-04-28 10:07:24 UTC
Set target: OOo3.x