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Christopher Hortin

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Jun 23, 2001, 12:44:20 PM6/23/01
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Lately, my copy of Agent has been doing something very peculiar and
annoying. Whenever I try to add or edit text, my cursor "eats" the
text. For example:

this that

Suppose I want to insert the word "and" in between the "this that".
Instead of coming out:

this and that

It will look like:

this andt

The text doesn't scroll forward to make room for the new text.
Instead, the old text is deleted and replaced with the new text. The
only way I can counteract this is by editing my text on a separate
line and then backspacing it to the correct place. Needless to say,
this is time consuming and very frustrating.

Does anyone have any idea why it's doing this, or what I can do to
correct the problem? Forgive me if this is an FAQ; I haven't been
reading this group for over a month. Thanks in advance.

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H.J.Th.M. Corvers

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Jun 23, 2001, 12:45:27 PM6/23/01
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Just press the Insert button.

>On Sat, 23 Jun 2001 16:44:20 GMT, Christopher Hortin

mode...@downlink.net

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Jun 23, 2001, 12:47:55 PM6/23/01
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On Sat, 23 Jun 2001 16:44:20 GMT, Christopher Hortin
<icicl...@earthlink.net> wrote:

>Lately, my copy of Agent has been doing something very peculiar and
>annoying. Whenever I try to add or edit text, my cursor "eats" the
>text.

Toggle your "insert" key.......

Nick Spalding

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Jun 23, 2001, 1:32:17 PM6/23/01
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Christopher Hortin wrote, in
<nch9jtsfflocmoruc...@4ax.com>:

> Lately, my copy of Agent has been doing something very peculiar and
> annoying. Whenever I try to add or edit text, my cursor "eats" the
> text. For example:
>
> this that
>
> Suppose I want to insert the word "and" in between the "this that".
> Instead of coming out:
>
> this and that
>
> It will look like:
>
> this andt
>
> The text doesn't scroll forward to make room for the new text.
> Instead, the old text is deleted and replaced with the new text. The
> only way I can counteract this is by editing my text on a separate
> line and then backspacing it to the correct place. Needless to say,
> this is time consuming and very frustrating.
>
> Does anyone have any idea why it's doing this, or what I can do to
> correct the problem? Forgive me if this is an FAQ; I haven't been
> reading this group for over a month. Thanks in advance.

It is happening because you have pressed the Ins(ert) key. Press it
again. Its state is shown in the rightmost box in the Status bar if
you have that enabled in Options | Display preferences | Main window.
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st...@tropheus.demon.co.uk

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Jun 23, 2001, 2:03:58 PM6/23/01
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On Sat, 23 Jun 2001 16:44:20 GMT, Christopher Hortin
<icicl...@earthlink.net> wrote:

>Lately, my copy of Agent has been doing something very peculiar and
>annoying. Whenever I try to add or edit text, my cursor "eats" the
>text.

It's a bug in Agent. Sometimes it toggles between INS & OVR without
you ever pressing the Insert key. Obviously you just need to press the
key to toggle back.


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Jim Guthrie

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Jun 23, 2001, 2:14:40 PM6/23/01
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On Sat, 23 Jun 2001 19:03:58 +0100, st...@tropheus.demon.co.uk wrote:

Steve,

>It's a bug in Agent. Sometimes it toggles between INS & OVR without
>you ever pressing the Insert key. Obviously you just need to press the
>key to toggle back.

I think, before you blame it on a bug, that you would have to be
absolutely certain that the Insert key was not being operated
inadvertently. It is adjacent to the Backspace key on most keyboards,
and the Backspace key is an oft used key when entering text, so the
chance of hitting the Ins key by mistake is a fair possibility.

Jim.

st...@tropheus.demon.co.uk

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Jun 23, 2001, 3:56:24 PM6/23/01
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On Sat, 23 Jun 2001 19:14:40 +0100, Jim Guthrie <j...@sprockets.co.uk>
wrote:

I have been using Agent for many years - the bug started with a recent
release. My main job is testing and debugging software and I wouldn't
blame anything on a bug unless I was absolutely certain. In this case
I tested it to prevent an argument with my wife who was "absolutely
certain" before I was. I put a plastic clip over the insert key so
that it could not be pressed. I would guess it's an unitialised
variable causing the problem.

Christopher Hortin

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Jun 23, 2001, 5:34:03 PM6/23/01
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Nick Spalding <spal...@iol.ie> wrote:
[snip]

>
>It is happening because you have pressed the Ins(ert) key. Press it
>again. Its state is shown in the rightmost box in the Status bar if
>you have that enabled in Options | Display preferences | Main window.

Wow. I feel like such a dumbass. Thanks for your help everybody. 8-)

JimB

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Jun 23, 2001, 8:10:40 PM6/23/01
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On Sat, 23 Jun 2001 20:56:24 +0100, st...@tropheus.demon.co.uk wrote:

>the bug started with a recent
>release.

Er, no.
It has existed in all versions since the beginning.

>I would guess it's an unitialised
>variable causing the problem.

My guess is a keyboard driver issue. The same thing happens in other
editors on my system and seems to require that a specific sequence of
keys be pressed at a high typing rate.
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