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Re: Firefox backspace button action should be "Previous Page" not "Page Up"

Mark wrote:

i was just wondering why Firefox had page up action bound to the
backspace button. and i end up reading this bug report:

Now the default action for Firefox in fedora is "page up" and i think
nearly every keyboard in the world _has_ a page up key so please
remove that silly default action. A patch for this to give the
backspace the "previous page" (or whatever you want to call it) action
is very simple:

type (in the address bar): about:config
find: browser.backspace_action
The value is likely to be on: 1. Change that value to 0 and backspace
is acting the way it should do.

I don't know where firefox is getting the "logic" to make firefox
default backspace action "previous page" in windows and "page up" in
linux.. just doesn't make sense to me.

And could this be patched in the firefox that is in the fedora repo?
or (if fedora chooses not to patch it to the "previous page" action)
than make it no action at all!! "page up" is just not good.

Bigzilla: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=355511

Posted here because i would like to know the users and developer
opinions about this.

Authoritatively, the action for backspace should be to do nothing on Linux. This was discussed with the GNOME usability guy, Sun, Novell, and Mozilla a bit ago and was checked in as per the bug you posted. It appears that it is still not in the 2.x branch though other distros such have patched it in, with a quick glance.

I guess having had this set in my local preferences for ages, I sort of forgot about it in the 2.x branch. I am okay with turning this pref to do nothing even though it will be last minute as this is what upstream has decided and will be in future versions of Firefox as it best matches the platform convention.

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