[sylpheed:36745] Re: Issue with [Shift]-[Tab] when composing message

Antonio Ospite ao2 at ao2.it
Sat Sep 1 17:44:30 JST 2018

On Fri, 31 Aug 2018 21:45:16 -0700
Dennis Carr <dennisthetiger at chez-vrolet.net> wrote:

> Running 3.7.0 on Linux under xfce, current version from Debian Stable. 
> When composing a message, if I am in the body of the message then
> [Shift]-[Tab] will simply insert a tab instead of moving back to the
> Subject line.  This isn't really desired behavior and this behavior
> only appears within Sylpheed while composing a message.  The desired
> behavior is to move back to the previous field (Subject, in my case) in
> a compose window.


FWICS the behavior of Shift-Tab in a "text area" (the compose window)
is expected to be different from the one of a "text field" (the
headers), this is the case also in other programs.

For example "gedit" removes indentation levels with Shift-Tab instead of
changing the focused widget.

gvim will insert a TAB with Shift-Tab, just like Sylpheed does.

Libreoffice writer does nothing with Shift-Tab.

> How do I change this behavior?

Use Ctrl-Shift-Tab.

This was discussed in the past:


Antonio Ospite

A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
   See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posting_style
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?

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