Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

So, I'm using Precise Beta, and something strange is happening. I understand the ALT key behaviour, that's okay, but it seems that the SHIFT key is doing something similar - that is, it doesn't do anything useful, afaics, but it causes the focus to be taken away from the current element while it's down. Mostly this isn't a problem, but in certain cases where focus change triggers an event, it's a pain.

An example problem is in Firefox's Firebug, when entering values like 90% for a css value; I'm unable to enter the % symbol, because once shift is down, it loses focus and the 90 disappears.

Any idea what's happening?

share|improve this question

closed as too localized by Eric Carvalho, Basharat Sialvi, AgentCool, Thomas W., psusi Apr 17 '13 at 18:07

This question is unlikely to help any future visitors; it is only relevant to a small geographic area, a specific moment in time, or an extraordinarily narrow situation that is not generally applicable to the worldwide audience of the internet. For help making this question more broadly applicable, visit the help center.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

1  
Interesting. I thought I was imagining that. It seems to sometimes launch HUD. I'm not able to reproduce it at will, though. In any case, it's a bug. –  Jo-Erlend Schinstad Mar 8 '12 at 4:51
    
I'm still not convinced... it seems like there is some intention behind it as-of-yet-unrealized. I just noticed that the ALT key behaviour gets in the way as well, in certain cases where ALT is used in a focused element, e.g. the Firefox address bar. I guess overall it is buggy behaviour... –  yuttadhammo Mar 9 '12 at 6:44
    
no time just now, but you're on to sth here! I was going to try to learn how to file a bug properly, but won't have time till next week. Shift + .. has some WEIRD behaviour going on in Precise (don't know about Oneiric, but was FINE in Natty); restart helps for a while, but it's kind of ridiculous ./ –  nutty about natty May 2 '12 at 22:16
    
for instance, I can't (since precise) enter "(" or "&" (SHIFT 6 and SHIFT 8, resp., on my keyboard) in, for instance, naming a folder in nautilus, or even / also naming a group in Firefox's Panorama! What the? What it does: it either quits the creation & naming of a folder (in nautilus), or, as in naming a FF Panorama group, would just get rid of all I typed so far and start anew with the cursor at the (blank) beginning... Is this bug report the most relevant one? –  nutty about natty May 8 '12 at 13:46
    
yet another example: can't even type a capital "S" (SHIFT s) in a field in Zotero (in Firefox). Gee... –  nutty about natty May 8 '12 at 17:20
show 5 more comments

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.