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Keyboard select stops at @Mention Edited

Has anyone else noticed the editing behavior in confluence when you try to use the keyboard to select text that contains a @Tag?  For example position the cursor the beginning of the line containing "text text text @Tag more text" and then hold Shift and hit DownArrow (to select a row of text) the selection won't go past the @Tag.   If I use the mouse to select, it works. 

We just upgraded to 6.11.2, and this was apparently available in our old v5 instance.

Is this a feature or a bug?

Edited to note:  This is only happening in Chrome.

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Hello Rita and welcome to the Community!

I just took you example and tested on a clean install of 6.11.2. I was able to confirm that while in chrome and you have a string of text with an @mention within, that when pressing SHIFT + DOWN ARROW to select text it will not pass the @mention within the string. I also confirmed this functions the same within safari. This is also presented within Confluence 6.12.2 as well. This is also present outside of the editor as well.

I tested within Confluence 5.10.9 and confirmed that this is not present within the editor, but it is present outside of the editor. The only different I was able to notice is within the editor the character ‘@’ is not displayed within the @mention. Outside of the editor, the ‘@’ is displayed causing the text select to pause.

Example from 5.10.9 Editor:


Example from 6.12.2 editor:

image.pngAs you confirmed, a work around for this is to use the mouse to select text past an @mention.

Another work around is to use the same keyboard keys SHIFT + DOWN ARROW, when you reach an @mention you can simply keep pressing SHIFT + RIGHT ARROW to progress past the @mention.

The selection of text is actually find the "end of line" as the @mention of the user is a CSS class item. Here is a sample of the inspected element, you can see where the text string is broken by the @mention:


The browser is selecting everything that is text, up to the CSS @mention of the user. Once that is reached it is treated as the end of the text string thus stopping. This seems to be a browser related issue as the multiple browsers are unable to select past the CSS within the text string.

Very neat find and interesting to test through the versions.

Stephen Sifers

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