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bug #39004: GUI: limitations of selecting text in terminal widget in Windows

Submitted by:  Philip Nienhuis <philipnienhuis>
Submitted on:  Wed 15 May 2013 09:18:48 PM UTC  
Category: GUISeverity: 3 - Normal
Priority: 5 - NormalItem Group: Incorrect Result
Status: ConfirmedAssigned to: None
Originator Name: Philip NienhuisOpen/Closed: Open
Release: devOperating System: Microsoft Windows

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Sun 20 Nov 2016 10:30:03 PM UTC, comment #2:

Both reported behaviors of comment #0 are still present in the Octave 4.2.0 GUI console.

Hartmut <hardy>
Wed 15 May 2013 09:39:19 PM UTC, comment #1:

The 3.6.4 CLI binary is just using the Windows console terminal, isn't it? I suppose that terminal notices when the pointer moves outside the window, but the GUI terminal does not do that yet.

John W. Eaton <jwe>
Project Administrator
Wed 15 May 2013 09:18:48 PM UTC, original submission:

(Maybe more of a feature request, or wish, but here goes:)

Selecting text in the GUI terminal works, but leaves a few things to be desired:

1. Selecting works by dragging the cursor over text. Once the cursor hits the terminal limits the text should scroll to allow text outside the current terminal view to be added to the selection.
Doesn't work in Windows (MXE) build (3.7.5), but works on Linux.

2. The other often used way to select text in many programs:
a. click somewhere in the text
b. while holding <Shift> key, click elsewhere
c. all text between both click should now be selected
...doesn't work in Windows, nor in Linux -terminal.

For reference:
both text selection methods work in the 3.6.4 MinGW binary (CLI) by Nitzan; however method 2. only selects the rectangle between the clicks instead of all text between the clicks as I would expect.

Philip Nienhuis <philipnienhuis>
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