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

Submitter:  Philip Nienhuis <philipnienhuis>
Submitted:  Wed 15 May 2013 09:18:48 PM UTC
Category:  GUI Severity:  3 - Normal
Priority:  5 - Normal Item Group:  Incorrect Result
Status:  Confirmed Assigned to:  None
Originator Name:  Philip Nienhuis Open/Closed:  * Open
Release:  * dev Operating System:  * Microsoft Windows
Fixed Release:  None Planned Release:  None
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Wed 19 Apr 2023 03:19:11 AM UTC, comment #4: 

update: in version 8.2.0, both behaviors still exist in the GUI.  v8 now includes the --experimental-terminal-widget, however, and both selection behaviors work as desired there.  so this may just be a matter of waiting for that new terminal widget to become the default.

Nicholas Jankowski <nrjank>
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Tue 08 Dec 2020 03:11:22 AM UTC, comment #3: 

update:  both comment #0 text selection behaviors still the same in Octave 6.1.0 (Win 64)

Nicholas Jankowski <nrjank>
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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>
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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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        SummaryGUI: limitations of selecting text in terminal GUI: limitations of selecting text in terminal widget in Windows

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