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kwzh

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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2012 1:59:55 AM

When I'm reading a topic and I hit the Reply button, the next thing I'll want to do is type in the large text box. It would be nice if that element of the page were the one to have initial focus. Yes, I know it's only one click -- but I don't always use the mouse, and it's 31 keystrokes away if I'm using the tab key. More importantly, currently the focus isn't *anywhere* useful, so there's no reason (other than inertia) to keep the status quo -- and this should be extremely easy to fix.
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greenflash
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 7:48:48 PM

That is correct. I don't know why it has taken so long to fix this bad usability problem with a very simple coding change. It has been this way since I first joined the site in 2004. Surely it has been suggested before this year. :)
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 9:12:02 AM

Adding this to the little improvements list.
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 12:41:59 AM

Likewise, immediately after clicking Insert Link, the focus isn't set to either of the fields in the new dialog box.
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GoGoGoodyear
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2012 5:23:51 AM


Another example of the same problem is while typing a reply, after using the Insert Link option the cursor's focus is no longer in the reply text box. It should ideally be at the end of the inserted link, ready for the member to continue typing the reply message.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2012 9:49:28 PM

Makes sense to me, and should be a very quick fix.
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Michael29644
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2012 7:50:38 PM

I'd second that suggestion. Sounds logical to me.
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2012 2:19:44 AM

This suggestion has been added to the Suggestion Tracking List as a new subject.

To paraphrase, after you click the Post A Reply button, you want the text cursor to be automatically positioned in Column 1 of Row 1 of the Member Message Dialog Box, right? Why not?
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