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Author Topic: Textastic - 'Nasty bug in iOS11' ? - select all - hang  (Read 1163 times)

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Textastic - 'Nasty bug in iOS11' ? - select all - hang
« on: August 06, 2018, 01:08:39 AM »

When you do 'select all' on the contents of a window, my text editor on the ipad, Textastic, immediately hangs. The Textastic developer kindly explained that this was an iOS bug: what happened was that in settings: accessibility > “speak selection” got turned on and that causes the bug, which stuffs the current app completely. So do watch out. I was completely paralysed by it and never put it down to that accessibility settings change, something which I had tried and then forgotten about, so I never associated it with the sudden appearance of the bug. There had been a new release of Textastic, but in fact that had been too long ago to explain things, but in my panic I made a false association between the two.
« Last Edit: August 07, 2018, 09:43:57 AM by Weaver »
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Re: Textastic - 'Nasty bug in iOS11' ? - select all - hang
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2018, 10:13:40 PM »

Are you sure this is an iOS bug, rather than a bug in the App? 

I understand the App developer has said so, but still, have you checked if all Apps are affected, or just that one?

I tried “select all” on an email, displayed by the native iOS App.   No hang.

Then I went to settings and enabled “speak selection”.   I tried again with select all, no hang.   It did also successfuly read the entire email aloud, when asked.

iOS 11.2.5
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Re: Textastic - 'Nasty bug in iOS11' ? - select all - hang
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2018, 01:19:49 AM »

I am repeating the developer’s opinion. I did not test it. Thanks for doing so!
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Re: Textastic - 'Nasty bug in iOS11' ? - select all - hang
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2018, 07:52:32 AM »

i would agree with the other poster and suggest this is an app bug.
developers will usually always blame the OS, when in reality it's just poor coding on their part.
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Re: Textastic - 'Nasty bug in iOS11' ? - select all - hang
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2018, 09:45:28 AM »

Of course sometimes bugs have very complex triggers, from personal experience. But I am not disagreeing with you. I modified the title accordingly, to add some doubt.
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Re: Textastic - 'Nasty bug in iOS11' ? - select all - hang
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2018, 03:56:54 PM »

Of course sometimes bugs have very complex triggers, from personal experience.

Too true, it could easily be an iOS bug at a deeper level.  That said, from my own experience as an iOS developer, when I hit a bug in iOS, the only sensible option is to code around it if at all possible; simply asking Apple to fix it is unlikely to help.

Even in my working life, I quickly learned that as far as customers were concerned, my job was to ensure my product worked.   If it didn’t work, and I tried to explain that the fault was caused by an underlying bug in (say) Linux kernel, or the firmware in some bought-in interface card,  the customer really didn’t care - that was still my fault from their perspective, as it was ‘my’ product.  And actually, I agree.
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