User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7) Gecko/20040614 Firefox/0.9 Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7) Gecko/20040614 Firefox/0.9 If you type "about:blank" (without quotes) in the address bar and hit Enter, Firefox loads a new blank page, but it removes the address from the address bar. Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: 1. Open new tab or go to address bar in used tab 2. Type "about:blank" (no quotes) in the address bar and hit Enter Actual Results: - Browser loads blank page. - Address bar goes empty. Expected Results: - Browser loads blank page. - "about:blank" (no quotes) should be in address bar.
This is by design, since about:blank is used as the URL for new tabs opened by default, as well as for blank homepages. There is no compelling reason to preserve this value in this specific case.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 14 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
But this is inconsistent with the fact, that about:cache correctly stays in the address bar! I also think that about:blank should be shown in the address bar, like IE does... Where would be the problem if about:blank is also shown in new tabs and new windows!?
I think this bug should be re-opened!
If you open a new tab, it automatically focuses the URL bar and allows you to start typing/paste in an address, without removing a useless URL. Forcing people to do this on every new tab/window/blank homepage would be a usability issue. That function broke a while back and people were really really irritated. about:cache is different because there is content that its good to have a point of reference for. A blank page is a blank page.
(In reply to comment #4) I don't agree. > If you open a new tab, it automatically focuses the URL bar and allows you to > start typing/paste in an address, without removing a useless URL. Forcing > people to do this on every new tab/window/blank homepage would be a usability > issue. This problem could be solved by just having the address (the deafult:blank in this case) selected by default. So the user could also enter directly and has the about:blank automatically overwritten! Further on I winf it irritating that about:blank is not shown, because unexperienced users could think it would be possible to get an empty page by just confirming the address bar empty! Please consider to change this!
(In reply to comment #5) typing error: "winf"->"find"
I don't really believe this to be the case, at all. Nothing you have said has convinced me so far, and thats highly unlikely to change.
Status: RESOLVED → VERIFIED
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