June 4th, 2008 • 10:07 am
Take the following situation:
If you press the Delete or Forward Delete key in this situation, what do you think should happen? Word should delete the selection and just leave what is not selected, right?
Unfortunately, thanks to the fantastic programming skills of Microsoft’s MacBU developers, here is what happens:
Where does the extra paragraph mark come from? You tell me. My selection very clearly included one of the two paragraph marks in this text, and therefore after deletion I should only be left with one paragraph mark.
I am sure that, in the world of twisted logic that Microsoft’s Office developers inhabit, there is actually a valid reason for this behaviour. I don’t give a flying dung about that reason. Whatever it is, it is not valid in my world, which is the real world, where, you know, when you select something and press the Delete key, you expect that thing to be, like, deleted.
For the record, in the same situation, Apple’s Pages does the right thing:
With this selection, after I press the Delete key, I get this:
There is simply no denying that this is the normal, expected behaviour. Only Microsoft is able to get the simplest things consistently, persistently wrong.
(Regular Betalogue readers might remember that I recently wrote a similar post about what happens when you write over a selection that includes paragraph marks. In that situation, both Word and Pages got it wrong. This time, Microsoft Word stands alone.)