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Strange text entry problem

Postby rldev on Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:08 am

I am having the strangest problem. I'm not sure I can clearly convey the problem.

Computer: Sony Vaio sz340
Linux Mint 7

When I enter text in a search field or form box, the text placement gets screwed up depending on where the mouse pointer is. I have to be careful where I place the mouse pointer. If the pointer is say above the sentence I am typing, the text is liable to get mixed up and words are added to the wrong line..

This happens in Firefox and Opera. It really makes it impossible to do work .
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Re: Strange text entry problem

Postby DrHu on Fri Jun 26, 2009 3:27 am

Possible web page scaling/resizing
  • Do you up-size the text to make it easier to read ctrl + (key combination)
  • Do you have let the web page choose fonts, otherwise it would reflect the web designersa choices, that is the default selection under Edit>preferences>contents>advanced
    --also check the character encoding, same section..
  • Edit>preferences>Advanced>general> Accessibility or Browsing selections, check what you have enabled there..

Since you say it is in more than one browser, check the system
  • Mint menu>control center>Services> see if you have assistive technologies such as braille enabled
    --you might be jumping into some system selection meant to assist a specific user type
  • Mint menu>control center>Personal>Assistive technologies keyboard selections/layouts and so on, mouse behaviours..
    Do you have additional languages installed other than English, if so is the scim input method active..
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Re: Strange text entry problem

Postby rldev on Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:56 pm

DrHu wrote:Possible web page scaling/resizing
  • Do you up-size the text to make it easier to read ctrl + (key combination)
  • Do you have let the web page choose fonts, otherwise it would reflect the web designersa choices, that is the default selection under Edit>preferences>contents>advanced
    --also check the character encoding, same section..
  • Edit>preferences>Advanced>general> Accessibility or Browsing selections, check what you have enabled there..

Since you say it is in more than one browser, check the system
  • Mint menu>control center>Services> see if you have assistive technologies such as braille enabled
    --you might be jumping into some system selection meant to assist a specific user type
  • Mint menu>control center>Personal>Assistive technologies keyboard selections/layouts and so on, mouse behaviours..
    Do you have additional languages installed other than English, if so is the scim input method active..


"Assistive technologies" has no additional langs and nothing checked. . Brail Britty is not selected.
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Re: Strange text entry problem

Postby proxima_centauri on Fri Jun 26, 2009 1:23 pm

I think your hitting the touchpad while you type.
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Re: Strange text entry problem

Postby rldev on Fri Jun 26, 2009 2:54 pm

I thought the same too. But I don't think so. I'm going to disable the pad and use a mouse to test this.

SOLVED.

You were indeed correct. The Touchpad is so sensitive that even the the slightest graze triggered the pointer, which caused random text placement. I shut off touchpad clicks in the Mouse Control Center. Unfortunately the Mouse Control does not give you the option to adjust the sensitivity of the taps on the pad which is really surprising considering this type of fine tuning has been available for many years.

Maybe there is a alternative driver for Alps touchpads?

Anyway it sure beats not being able to type properly. Thanks for your help.
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