LF Tip: Emacs keybindings to edit the url in firefox
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original in en Guido Socher
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All versions of Netscape, Mozilla and then Firefox supported emacs keybindings
to edit the URL. All versions? No, as of Firefox-1.0 the keybindings have changed
unless you use the gnome desktop and you have configured "gnome-control-center->Keyboard Sortcuts->Text editing shortcuts->Emacs".
I use xfce as a desktop and Firefox-1.0 looked like a nice and advanced web browser
but became unusable for me. The shortcuts which I used all the time to edit
the url did suddenly not work anymore:
crtl-a go to beginning of the line
crtl-e just to the end of the line
crtl-u delete the line
crtl-d delete to the right
crtl-k kill the text from cursor to the end of the line
Those key combinations had worked for a decade of Linux
web browsers and until Firefox-0.9. Now they were gone. A disaster
when you are really used to them. They made maneuvering around the web
fast and easy. Suddenly surfing the web was a pain. I was really furious that
Microsoft seemed to have taken the Linux desktop.
Firefox respects gtk-2 keybindings as of Firefox-1.0. If you are not using
gnome or kde then you can create the file
.gtkrc-2.0 in your home directory and write in there:
gtk-key-theme-name = "Emacs"
Restart firefox and you have a friendly browser which respects your commands :-)