Backspace while an HTML text field has focus triggers a back navigation in history

Bug #1569938 reported by Olivier Tilloy on 2016-04-13
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Canonical System Image
Bill Filler
webbrowser-app (Ubuntu)
Olivier Tilloy

Bug Description

This is a regression that was introduced by the fix for bug #1537782.
It can be observed on unity7 with a physical keyboard attached, as well as on a touch device running unity8 with a bluetooth keyboard.

Steps to reproduce:
 - browse to
 - focus the address bar and browse to within the same tab
 - focus the search box on the page, type any character
 - press the backspace key

Expected result: the character that was input in the search box is deleted.
Actual result: the user is taken one page back in the navigation history, back to

Related branches

Olivier Tilloy (osomon) on 2016-04-13
Changed in webbrowser-app (Ubuntu):
status: New → In Progress
Changed in canonical-devices-system-image:
status: New → In Progress
Olivier Tilloy (osomon) on 2016-04-13
description: updated
Changed in canonical-devices-system-image:
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
importance: Undecided → Critical
assignee: nobody → Bill Filler (bfiller)
milestone: none → 11
tags: added: regression-proposed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package webbrowser-app - 0.23+16.04.20160413-0ubuntu1

webbrowser-app (0.23+16.04.20160413-0ubuntu1) xenial; urgency=medium

  * Do not handle backspace as a window-level shortcut, as it would take
    precedence over backspace events in HTML text fields. (LP: #1569938)
  * Update translation template.

 -- Olivier Tilloy <email address hidden> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:22:11 +0000

Changed in webbrowser-app (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
Changed in canonical-devices-system-image:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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