impossible to copy-paste parts of a link without visiting it. text select opens link

UNCONFIRMED
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Status

Thunderbird
Message Reader UI
UNCONFIRMED
4 years ago
6 months ago

People

(Reporter: Alain Knaff, Unassigned)

Tracking

({privacy})

24 Branch
x86_64
Linux
privacy

Firefox Tracking Flags

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Description

4 years ago
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Ubuntu; Linux x86_64; rv:29.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/29.0 (Beta/Release)
Build ID: 20140428193838

Steps to reproduce:

1. Visited a mail which contains a link to a web page (complete, with tracking stuff)
2. Pressed Windows+Alt and held it pressed
3. With the left mouse button (and Windows+Alt still pressed) swiped over parts of the link.
4. Release left mouse button
5. Released Windows and alt.
6. Pasted link into a text console to decode it using base64


Actual results:

After step 4 (releasing of mouse button) a browser window popped up, visiting the contents of the _full_ link, i.e. complete with tracking codes.
Note: at step 6, the paste did indeed work correctly, with only the selected part of link pasted.



Expected results:

pressing Windows+Alt should prevent the link from becoming active. I should be able to select it without visiting it. N.B. A similar trick in Firefox does work as expected (link text is just copied, but link is not visited)

This is a privacy issue.

Comment 1

2 years ago
Walt, are you able to reproduce this?
Flags: needinfo?(schw01)

Comment 2

2 years ago
Selecting a portion of a link in an email, using the STR does open the link in the browser for me.

I also don't see a copied link to paste anywhere.
Flags: needinfo?(schw01)

Comment 3

2 years ago
> Selecting a portion of a link in an email, using the STR does open the link in the browser for me.

Walt, does holding only the the alt key on Linux work?  Perhaps related to bug 50673?

Eckard, is there an equivalent fail on Mac?

Doesn't happen on windows afaict, using alt+left click to select.
Flags: needinfo?(e.berberich)
Keywords: privacy
Summary: impossible to copy-paste parts of a link without visiting it → impossible to copy-paste parts of a link without visiting it. text select opens link
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Comment 4

2 years ago
(In reply to Wayne Mery (:wsmwk, use Needinfo for questions) from comment #3)
> > Selecting a portion of a link in an email, using the STR does open the link in the browser for me.
> 
> Walt, does holding only the the alt key on Linux work?  Perhaps related to
> bug 50673?

This seems to be another case of similar-but-not-quite-the-same bugs existing on both Thunderbird and Firefox.

In Firefox, pressing Alt+WindowsKey while swiping over a link works fine to select it (the windows key is needed in addition to Alt, to prevent the window manager to act on it, and just move the entire window). Bug 50673 either was from a time before that combo worked, or people didn't yet figure out which key combo to use (they tried shift, ctrl, shift+ctrl, ...)

In Thunderbird, pressing Alt+WindowsKey while swiping over a link actually does *both* actions: it selects the text, *and* it follows the link (this bug)

Btw, in Thunderbird, swiping over a link without modifiers just follows the link, without any selecting.

=> so it seems that Thunderbird does indeed partly get it right. The desired action is there, the problem only is that an *un*desired action is there too.

> 
> Eckard, is there an equivalent fail on Mac?
> 
> Doesn't happen on windows afaict, using alt+left click to select.

Comment 5

2 years ago
(In reply to Wayne Mery (:wsmwk, use Needinfo for questions) from comment #3)
> Eckard, is there an equivalent fail on Mac?
> 

No.
Pressing the Cmd key and selecting a part of a link with left mouse button does not open the link in the browser (Mac OS X 10.11.3).
Flags: needinfo?(e.berberich)

Comment 6

2 years ago
Whatever the cause of this, it's likely a core bug, not Thunderbird.  I looked yesterday but did not find a likely core candidate.

Comment 7

2 years ago
(In reply to Wayne Mery (:wsmwk, use Needinfo for questions) from comment #3)
> > Selecting a portion of a link in an email, using the STR does open the link in the browser for me.
> 
> Walt, does holding only the the alt key on Linux work?  Perhaps related to
> bug 50673?
> 

Holding only the Alt key changes my cursor to a N,S,E,W pointing cursor.

Holding the Shift key works as expected in bug 50673. That is, it drags the link as expected.
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