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Ensure CTRL-V paste works as expected in text editing mode
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When the text mode was added within VE it violated expected text-mode paste behavior. It treated text mode pastes as formatted HTML, attempting to encode that formatting into wikitext. Community members unanimously described that behavior as a disruptive bug, saying the expected default paste behavior in text mode is a text paste. That unanimous feedback appears in T153315, it appears across various related phabricator tasks, and was posted in various on-wiki bug reports. The bug extended to Flow's text mode due to editor integration.

Task T190079 disregarded the unanimously expressed expected behavior. It created a disruptive popup when a paste is attempted. Paste is a common and fundamental aspect of text editing. The popup unexpectedly and disruptively obstructs the flow of editing every time paste is used.

The disruptive popup should be removed, and CTRL-V paste should be treated as a text paste in any text editing mode. The shortcut for alternate paste mode, CTRL-SHIFT-V, may be used for the alternate HTML-formatted-paste-encoded-into-Wikitext.

I expect resolving this task will involve a negligible quantity of code work, of almost trivial difficulty. T190079 would be rolled back, and it will probably be necessary to swap the behavior of CTRL-V and CTRL-SHIFT-V in text mode.

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@JTannerWMF or anyone, if you are interested in Discussion/Analysis input from the community then I'd be happy to help. I'm confident what the result will be, but I can easily organize feedback from EnWiki and, if needed, other English wikis.

Aklapper added a subscriber: ppelberg.

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