Selection bug in tables

I suspect that this bug hasn’t been reported, or else it would have been fixed by now :slight_smile:

I have a table with four columns, and I can’t select most of the text in the first three columns. The only way to make edits in the first three columns is to select near the beginning of the column, and then use the arrow keys on the keyboard to navigate the insertion point. See the attached for an example
Demo (22.5 KB)

Unfortunately tables are an OS X text system thing, and they can be a bit tricky to select text in sometimes (in other words, it’s not possible for me to fix anything to do with tables; only Apple can do that). I see what you mean, though - your sample project is particularly egregious. If you copy and paste it to TextEdit, you’ll see the same problem there. I can forward this file to Apple for testing if that’s okay.

All the best,

Hi Keith

Missed your reply–sorry.

So, what happened was that I copied and pasted a previous table, and got this one which was so “egregious”. I then cut that table and pasted it back into the document, and, voilà, the problem went away. I don’t know if that description of the symptoms helps tho…

Please do forward it—I guess that if you did the table code yourself it might have taken longer, but at least it would have worked!


Hey, don’t knock “egregious” - it’s one of my favourite words!

The trouble with implementing tables myself is that it doesn’t just affect creating and editing tables, but I’d then have to handle encoding them into RTF and suchlike, and it could mean that tables would be completely lost from .docx export and suchlike which I wouldn’t be able to override without writing my own .docx code… And so on. It’s all tangled up, in other words.

I’ll pass the example on to Apple, though, thanks.

All the best,