Open Bug 599721 Opened 13 years ago Updated 6 months ago

Remove "Delete" and "Select All" from context menus on Mac


(Firefox :: Menus, enhancement)






(Reporter: u142003, Unassigned)


(Whiteboard: [killthem])

User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.6; rv:2.0b6) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/4.0b6
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.6; rv:2.0b6) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/4.0b6

The context menu in the location bar and in form elements in Firefox for Mac contains the same options as the Windows version. Namely: Undo, Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, Select All (and "custom" contextual options).

However, context menus on Mac generally only contain: Cut, Copy, Paste (and custom options). 

I haven't researched whether these options are explicitly encouraged by the HIG, or merely a de facto standard. In any case, "Delete" and "Select All" feel quite misplaced (in lack of a better word) since there are several other ways of selecting and deleting text. 

While the "Undo" option feels non-Mac as well, since undo in Firefox is not app wide, but rather contextual (i.e. selecting "Undo" from the "Edit" menu only undo the edits in a particular form field), keeping this deviation might be appropriate.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Right click (or Ctrl click) in a form field or the location bar.
Actual Results:  
The context menu shows Undo, Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, Select All (and other contextual options)

Expected Results:  
The context menu should show Cut, Copy, Paste (and other contextual options). And perhaps Undo as well.

Removing these two (or three) options would reduce clutter and make Firefox feel more native in Mac OS X.
I'm running OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and this context menu style is being used in a lot of my apps.

Most notable are the most recent version of iTunes and Mail, I didn't bother to check everything, but on my machine this seems to be the norm.
My bad, I jumped to conclusions and assumed you were talking about the "Edit" menu. You're correct in your findings.
Whiteboard: [killthem]
Version: unspecified → Trunk
Is this bug confirmed then? A contributor was interested in working on this so he'll go ahead if we can confirm if this is something we want to fix.
Flags: needinfo?(tdowner)
I don't know, I would ask someone in UX.
Flags: needinfo?(tdowner)
Severity: normal → S3
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