Keyboard accelerators not working correctly in Firefox and Thunderbird after upgrade from 11.04 (Natty) to 11.10 (Oneiric)
After upgrading from Natty (11.04) to Oneiric (11.10), the keyboard accelerators for firefox-globalmenu and thunderbird-
When pressing a keyboard accelerator, for example, Alt-F for the File menu, for the first time after a window is created, it is not possible to then continue pressing accelerator keys in the submenu. This makes using makes using combinations of keys to access menu items impossible -- the only work around is to then use the mouse or press the down arrow once for the purpose of highlighting the first item in the choosen submenu, at which point that (and only that) submenu's accelerators become available. However, the problem also applies to subsubmenus, subsubsubmenus, etc.
Oddly, once a submenu has been used one, then the keyboard accelerators do work for it for as long as that window exists (at least as far as I can tell; I haven't checked globalmenu's "memory" for this for subsubmenus, etc.).
This behavior is particular problematic when one is constantly creating new windows. For example, every time I compose a new message in Thunderbird, it creates a new window for that purpose. Because I prefer to send messages in both HTML and plain text, I need to, at some point during message composition, access the menu item Options -> Format -> Plain and Rich (HTML) text. The sequence of keyboard accelerators for this is Alt-P, F, L (for each menu component, respectively). This keyboard accelerator sequence has always worked for me up until Oneiric (11.10). Now it no longer does, and it's quite frustrating, as I use all sorts of keyboard accelerator sequences in both Thunderbird and Firefox. This Thunderbird message composition highlights the problem particularly well, because every time I compose a message, a new window is created, and thus the accelerators don't work each time. Even with more persistent windows, such as the main Thunderbird or Firefox windows I keep open, I can't keep up with whether I've already accessed a particular submenu or not, so I basically give up on using accelerators in either one of these applications, which are two of the four applications I use most.
This problem does not appear for other applications, at least as far as I can tell. I have tested both gvim and TexMakerX and keyboard accelerator sequences seem to work fine consistently for both of them.
Sequences of keyboard accelerators should always work in both Thunderbird and Firefox with globalmenu enabled (the default).
Thanks as always,
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: firefox-globalmenu 8.0+build1-
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-13-generic x86_64
Date: Wed Nov 23 09:44:41 2011
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Release amd64 (20110427.1)
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to oneiric on 2011-10-14 (40 days ago)
- Keyboard accelerators in firefox-globalmenu and thunderbird-global menu
+ Keyboard accelerators not working correctly in Firefox and Thunderbird
after upgrade from 11.04 (Natty) to 11.10 (Oneiric)