Mozilla developers plan to remove support for using the Backspace key as a Back button in Firefox.
The main reason for the change – accidental data loss
The change is currently active in Firefox Nightly and is expected to be released in Firefox 86, in late February 2021. Removing the Backspace key as a navigation element is no surprise – it was first proposed back in July 2014. At the time, Mozilla engineers argued that many users who press the Backspace key do not always intend to return to the previous page, which would be equivalent to clicking the Back button, but what happens when they press the backspace depends on where the cursor is . If it is in the text input field, it deletes the character on the left. If it is not in the text entry field, then the same thing would happen as when the Back button is clicked.
Based on data collected since 2014, it has been found that the Backspace key is by far the most commonly used keyboard shortcut within the Firefox user interface, with 40 million active users per month pressing the key and running Back Navigation. Such a large number of clicks led Mozilla engineers to conclude that many of them were most likely accidental.
Firefox users have two options after this Backspace change becomes active in Firefox 86 – to use the keyboard shortcut ALT + LEFT instead of Backspace or to set browser.backspace_action to 0 on the about: config sttings panel, to re-enable key support Backspace as a Back button.
Source: PC Press by pcpress.rs.
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