[GNC-dev] Register text selection

David Carlson david.carlson.417 at gmail.com
Mon May 21 09:30:46 EDT 2018

As a concerned user, not a developer, I would vote to drop all
preselection.  I think it is confusing to users who do not necessarily
consider the differences between the various navigation methods as being

Further, in the cases where the curser is not visible in the register
window, the only way to find it is to use a trick such as pressing tab to
bring it back into the visible window, assuming it is in a transaction that
has not been hidden by the View > Filter by option, which complicates this
issue, and when the curser is in the blank transaction at the end, if the
register is in single line view it may not be visible.

That is my 2¢ *.*

David C

On Mon, May 21, 2018 at 6:08 AM, Robert Fewell <14ubobit at gmail.com> wrote:

> I have been looking at getting the middle mouse button to work for pasting
> selected text and whilst trying to do that started to wonder about the
> existing preselected text.
> Currently...
> If you open a register, the blank transaction date text is preselected.
> If you start Gnucash with saved open registers, the last register in the
> list to load has the blank date text preselected, this may not be the
> current open register.
> If you navigate by keyboard, the next field text is preselected and the
> cursor set to the end of text.
> If you navigate by mouse, the text is not selected and the cursor is the
> mouse position.
> If you update a transaction in one register and have the other
> corresponding register open, the text where the cursor is will get
> selected. (I think this is an easy fix).
> I am just wondering if we should be doing this preselected text at all ?
> Some might say it is a good indication of where the focus is, only with
> keyboard navigation, but one could simply add something like this to your
> css file which would also work for mouse navigation...
> cursor entry {
>   background-color: pink;
> }
> So just asking the question.
> Regards,
> Bob
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