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Cannot dismiss page preview with keyboard navigation
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Description

I often use the keyboard for navigation instead of the mouse. Sometimes I even turn the oversized touchpad off altogether. Since launching the page previews feature, I noticed that the following happens:

  • A link is focused/hovered in some way (e.g. by ctrl+f'ing on the page[1], tabbing to it, clicking by mouse, whatever)
  • I immediately navigate away by hitting enter or clicking
  • I later (sometimes seconds, sometimes hours) return to the page with backspace or with alt+left
  • The page preview now opens, covering other text (making the following sentences unreadable).

When I hit escape, it doesn't close. When I tab to the next element, it opens that page preview instead. It seems one can only use the mouse to defocus the element.

I do not want to disable the previews altogether. They're not bad: it's just that there is no way of dismissing them when they erroneously show up (I just came from that page, I don't need the preview now...).

[1] It's not actually ctrl+f, but behaves very similar. I use the "Search for text when you start typing" feature in Firefox, as demonstrated here: https://www.reddit.com/r/RSI/comments/744dlq/if_you_work_a_lot_on_computers_avoid_the/

Event Timeline

Restricted Application added a subscriber: Aklapper. · View Herald TranscriptMay 27 2018, 9:21 PM

We had similar issue previously: T158631. Also, we tried to bring keyboard support (T160545) but decided not do it.

Looks like we should reconsider keyboard support

ovasileva triaged this task as Medium priority.May 30 2018, 2:29 PM

@LucGommans For reproducability, it would be good to get a little more information on what browser you use?

  • I later (sometimes seconds, sometimes hours) return to the page with backspace or with alt+left
  • The page preview now opens, covering other text (making the following sentences unreadable).

This is not consistent with my testing, where the page preview is not visible even when the link is still focussed. Which doesn't mean I don't follow your issue description. Just to be clear for better testing.

Vvjjkkii renamed this task from Cannot dismiss page preview with keyboard navigation to p6baaaaaaa.Jul 1 2018, 1:07 AM
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CommunityTechBot renamed this task from p6baaaaaaa to Cannot dismiss page preview with keyboard navigation.Jul 2 2018, 3:41 AM
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