Proposal for a better mouse selection in text fields

Philipp A. flying-sheep at
Sat Dec 13 04:33:19 PST 2014

wow, there were so many times when i was annoyed with this.

this proposal is great, but i’d go even further, and extend that vertical
area for line inputs *all the way* to the top and the bottom of the screen.

when i want to select everything up to the end of the line, i flick my
mouse pointer beyond the end of the line input, not above or below it.

2014-12-08 6:15 GMT+01:00 Robin Dinse <robindinse at>:
> Hello XDG maintainers and list.
> I have a proposal for improving the text field UI element.  I hope this
> list is the right place to bring it up.  First of all, I don’t know whether
> this behavior is already implemented somewhere or whether it is even
> patented.  I couldn’t find anything about it in a quick search.  Anyway,
> here is what I mean:
> The problem is that one can select the individual letters of the text
> field only within the narrow region highlighted in the upper picture.
> Beyond this region the selection gets extended either all the way to the
> left or to the right.  Staying within this region requires precise
> movements both vertically and horizontally which seems to be sub-optimal
> from a usability point of view.
> My proposal is simply to extend this region vertically so that the
> intended selection can be achieved with less effort and/or faster.  I’m not
> sure yet which height would work the best, but I could imagine 3-4 times
> the commonly used height would work well.  Here is a halfway functional
> prototype with a three times larger region (best viewed in Firefox):
> What do you think?
> Best Regards.
> Robin
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