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[Short Rant] Chrome and BACKSPACE

So yes, from some time Chrome does not allow to use backspace to return to previous page and suggests some _stupid_ combination of Alt + Left_Arrow. What is most important – it’s not the right (int both, goddamn meanings of the word) “Alt”! So I can’t just press it with just one hand – thing that was so simple with Backspace – I do not like the page, so i just hit one key without having to take my hand off the mouse and moving both arms into position that allows me to properly press the new combination…

I hate this. Really. And why? “To protect someone’s work from accidental deletion”. What? Work, in the browser? Something of great importance I assume… In the age of auto-save options available everywhere?

But fine, I’ve already lost few forum or blog posts because of that Backspace… But why not to just _detect_ whether some work has been done on the page? Like checking whether some text has been entered into any textbox on the page? And just warn user? Automatically, by the browser. And in the case of some rare occasion of mouse-only related work – enable actual webpage to notify browser about changes? With some JS call like browser.IHaveUnsavedWork() and it’s sibling used on save…

I would say it’s much more important to somehow protect unsaved work frequently lost on suddenly failed server / connection that does not accepted submitted finished forms / posts than this mere Backspace fails..