Firefox 18.0.1 is showing very odd behavior. I'm wondering if this is reproducible for other in Firefox or other browsers.

1) open
2) in the command textarea, enter

  background yellow

3) click on an atom
4) back in the textarea enter

  background white

Did that work? For me (4) fails to enter text.

5) click on the URL line, as if you were going to go to a new page
6) back in the textarea enter

  background green

It works, right?

I sure don't remember this being a problem -- or, actually, I remember something similar to this some time ago. Has it just suddenly reappeared?

I know what is basically happening, and I can turn it off.The applet, when you active it by clicking in it, also activates a keyboard listener. Somehow Firefox is not recognizing that the textarea should take that over, and  the applet's keyboard listener is continuing to take the keys. So, in (4), if *in the textarea* I type CTRL-K  (which turns on key entry) and then 

  background white [ENTER]

I see those characters in the bottom left-hand corner of the applet, and the command is executed.

Thoughts on this? Is it a feature I should just remove?


Robert M. Hanson
Larson-Anderson Professor of Chemistry
Chair, Chemistry Department
St. Olaf College
Northfield, MN

If nature does not answer first what we want,
it is better to take what answer we get.

-- Josiah Willard Gibbs, Lecture XXX, Monday, February 5, 1900