[webkit-dev] Overtype mode in WebKit for editable content?

Ryosuke Niwa rniwa at webkit.org
Mon Mar 11 14:59:08 PDT 2013

On Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 5:05 AM, Sergio Villar Senin <svillar at igalia.com>wrote:

> I was wondering if WebKit as a project would be interested in having
> overtype mode support for editable content. This in indeed the mode in
> which the cursor, when typing, overwrites any text that is present on
> and after its current location [1].
> Looks like something like that could be useful to implement online
> editing tools. Just for reference, both IE and Opera support it while in
> Firefox the bug was closed as WONTFIX [2] after a lot of discussion.

I wouldn't object to implementing it in WebKit.

I don't think whether other Web browsers implement this feature or not is
really relevant. A more relevant question is whether this feature is
expected on some platforms or not. For example, we support emacs key
bindings and kill ring to be consistent with NSTextView on Mac.

Is it expected that overtype works on Windows or on Linux? e.g. If "Edit"
and "RichEdit" window classes both support this feature natively on Windows
(which I bet they do), then the answer is yes.

- R. Niwa
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