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Backspace: That key is not for that thing

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Wolf Harper Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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Aug 1, 2010 1:12 AM
What makes sense for a keyboard shortcut for the History/Forward and History/Back buttons.
Command-left arrow and Command-right arrow, perhaps?

But you know where this rant is going. The dual use of "Delete" (above return) as BOTH an edit-box backspace AND a History/Back shortcut.

I want that keyboard shortcut to die in a fire.

How do I do this?
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,365 points)
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    Aug 1, 2010 8:03 AM (in response to Wolf Harper)
    What's wrong with using the back/forward key on the toolbar?
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  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,095 points)
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    Aug 1, 2010 11:18 AM (in response to Wolf Harper)
    HI,

    Alternative keyboard shortcuts here: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=42951

    You aren't alone with this complaint. Please post feedback here.

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/safari.html








    Carolyn
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  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,150 points)
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    Aug 1, 2010 12:27 PM (in response to Carolyn Samit)
    More up to date shortcuts available via Debug menu or popping this into a Safari address window:

    *file:///Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Resources/Shortcuts.html*
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  • Luke A Somers Calculating status...
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    Jun 26, 2013 6:03 AM (in response to Wolf Harper)

    Command-left and command-right are no better. In text fields, they mean 'go to the beginning of the line' and 'go to the end of the line' respectively. This is a bog-standard Mac UI convention they're overriding, replacing a little thing (text cursor placement) with a medium thing that can have negative consequences (web navigation, possible loss of form data).

     

    Just this morning, I lost substantial work to this mind-bogglingly stupid UI decision. I felt like Strongbad in SBE: Sisters. I've freaking had it with this dumb 'shortcut'. If necessary, I'll even switch to Firefox.

     

    I'd rather not. Give me a way to get rid of the minefield on my keyboard.

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,065 points)
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    Jun 26, 2013 6:10 AM (in response to Luke A Somers)

    Mr. Somers, responding to a three year old thread must be some kind of record.

     

    Luke A Somers wrote:

     

    Just this morning, I lost substantial work to this mind-bogglingly stupid UI decision.

     

    So did I, before Apple fixed it. Check Software Update or upgrade to Lion or later, since this annoying behaviour was addressed several Safari versions ago.

    MacBooks  iMacs  iPads  AirPorts, OS X Mountain Lion,  28 years Apple!
  • Luke A Somers Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 26, 2013 6:39 AM (in response to John Galt)

    Gah. Why does this fact not appear on any of the threads that mention it?

     

    Anyway... three years a record? Ha! You don't know the power of necromancy if you think three years is long.

     

    Lion... sigh. I will now shed a single tear for the loss of 2-dimensional spaces, and the onset of skeumorphism.

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,065 points)
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    Jun 26, 2013 7:24 AM (in response to Luke A Somers)

    Blame Google, or Apple for not closing this outdated thread. The "shortcut" links no longer work.

     

    Lion... sigh. I will now shed a single tear for the loss of 2-dimensional spaces, and the onset of skeumorphism.

     

    You've come full circle. Skeuomorphism dies a merciful death in Mavericks and iOS 7.

     

    I want that keyboard shortcut to die in a fire.

     

    I wish I had said that.


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