closing an empty tab with ctrl-w puts focus in URL bar. this behavior was introduced in mozilla 1.6. in mozilla 1.5, closing an empty tab with ctrl-w would focus the next tab. note: if only two tabs are open, then closing one tab continues to focus the browser window. the problem only occurs when you start with three or more tabs open. i've only tested linux builds. this also affects recent seamonkey and firefox builds. i don't have more information on when this regressed / changed. is it even a regression? (i think so since it is inconsistent with the behavior that occurs when you start with two tabs.)
what we need to do is try out older builds to narrow down the window in which this changed.
Darin, if you can give me explicit steps to reproduce (because I'm failing to do so thus far), I can probably give you a small regression window....
here's the steps that i used: 1) open browser, click in the browser window 2) open new tab using ctrl-t 3) open new tab using ctrl-t 4) click the browser window in the visible tab (giving focus to the browser window) 5) press ctrl-w 6) notice that focus is now in the URL bar
> 3) open new tab using ctrl-t Where is the focus after this step? If it's in the URL bar, then what's probably happening is that our "restore focus to the thing that had it when this tab was focused" code is working... code that was checked in for 1.6.
yes, in fact after step 3 the focus is in the URL bar. and indeed if i click on the browser window after pressing ctrl-t, and then open another tab and close the tab (with ctrl-w) the focus returns to the web page of the previous tab. so, it sounds like things are working as designed. i guess that it makes sense for a new tab to place focus in the URL bar. resolving this bug as INVALID.