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    Default Oddity - Can't over-write text

    Chrome web browser (latest, updated).

    For a few weeks now,
    I've noticed an oddity when typing within a Forums text input field...

    When I want to replace text,
    I generally highlight the text and then type.
    The new text ordinarily should automatically replace what was highlighted.

    Nowadays,
    Typing does not over-write, the highlight text is immutable.
    Instead,
    I have to delete (or backspace) the highlighted text to remove,
    and even after that backspace or left-arrow to move the cursor
    before I can type the replacement text.

    This idiosyncrasy is not seen anywhere else, so is specific to the Forums software.

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    Default Re: Oddity - Can't over-write text

    I can't reproduce what you are experiencing. I'm using Chrome Version 65.0.3325.162 (Official Build) (64-bit). Below I'm going to write the same thing on two different lines, then go back and replace a few words in the first line:

    The quick brown fox I REPLACED THE WORD JUMP HERE over the lazy dog's back
    The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog's back

    Quote Originally Posted by tsu2 View Post
    ....When I want to replace text,
    I generally highlight the text and then type.
    The new text ordinarily should automatically replace what was highlighted.

    Nowadays, Typing does not over-write, the highlight text is immutable.
    Instead, I have to delete (or backspace) the highlighted text to remove,
    and even after that backspace or left-arrow to move the cursor
    before I can type the replacement text........
    My computer always used to beat me at chess, but it is no match for me since I changed the competition to kick boxing

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    Default Re: Oddity - Can't over-write text

    I'm now using Firefox 58.0.2 (64-bit) to post this and it works the same as Chrome:

    The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog's back.
    The quick THIS HAS BEEN REPLACED AFTER THE FACT over the lazy dog's back.
    The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog's back.
    The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog's back.

    Quote Originally Posted by kgroneman View Post
    The quick brown fox I REPLACED THE WORD JUMP HERE over the lazy dog's back
    The quick brown fox jumped over I REPLACED SOME WORDS IN THE QUOTE HERE
    My computer always used to beat me at chess, but it is no match for me since I changed the competition to kick boxing

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    Default Re: Oddity - Can't over-write text

    I can reproduce the issue with Leap 42.3 and Chromium 64.0.3282.167 (openSUSE Build) (64-bit).

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    Default Re: Oddity - Can't over-write text

    Quote Originally Posted by tsu2 View Post
    Typing does not over-write, the highlight text is immutable.
    Instead,
    I have to delete (or backspace) the highlighted text to remove,
    and even after that backspace or left-arrow to move the cursor
    before I can type the replacement text.
    Not a problem here, perhaps because I am using "firefox".

    I did have problems when I used "vivaldi" (which is chromium based). I think it has to do with javascript.

    When you run into the problem, try clicking the "A/A" near top left of the editor box. That switches to a different edit mode that uses less javascript.
    openSUSE Leap 15.3; KDE Plasma 5.18.6;

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    Default Re: Oddity - Can't over-write text

    Using "source mode" (A/A) does bypass the issue.

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    Default Re: Oddity - Can't over-write text

    Confirming,
    Switching from WYSIWYG mode to Source Mode addresses the issue.

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