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Auto-filled external link field should remain selected when switching from internal link option
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Description

  1. Write "apple"
  2. Try to add an external link to this word
  3. Just paste your link into the external link field
  4. Observe that your newly created link is a mess, because the word "apple" was showing up as a suggestion in the field, and you were supposed to remove it before pasting the link.

This passage feels totally unnecessary, counterintuitive and cumbersome even for cases where the URL is typed rather than pasted.

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Elitre updated the task description. (Show Details)

If I open the link inspector, apple is a suggestion but it also selected, so pressing paste overwrites it - leaving a clean link.

It's selected in the Search pages (internal wikilink) tab, not in the External link one.

Jdforrester-WMF renamed this task from External link field must be empty when adding link to existing word to Auto-filled external link field should remain selected when switching from internal link option.Mar 15 2016, 7:21 PM
Jdforrester-WMF triaged this task as Low priority.
Jdforrester-WMF set the point value for this task to 1.
Jdforrester-WMF moved this task from To Triage to TR0: Interrupt on the VisualEditor board.

Change 279961 had a related patch set uploaded (by DLynch):
MWLinkAnnotationInspector: select entire link when switching tabs

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/279961

Change 279961 merged by jenkins-bot:
MWLinkAnnotationInspector: select entire link when switching tabs

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/279961