Text selection in textareas selects too much

Confirmed Issue #11619241 • Assigned to Grisha L.


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Apr 12, 2017
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Really annoying… if you try to select text it selects too much ‘Try_to_select_this_text’ (in a textarea)

Try just to select the text above within the quotes. You can’t. As soon as you hit an underscore, it starts to include text characters that you didn’t select, such as the ' and following space.

“Smart” selection is seldom smarter than the person who’s selecting. They know what they want, and the system should assume that the user is selecting what they want.

Microsoft Edge 38.14393.0.0

Chrome does not do this, but IE11 does. I haven’t checked other browsers.


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    • Changed Steps to Reproduce

      Changed Title from “Text selection is wrong” to “Text selection in textareas selects too much”

    • Microsoft Edge Team

      Changed Assigned To to “James M.”

      Changed Assigned To to “Grisha L.”

      Changed Steps to Reproduce

      Changed Status to “Confirmed”

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