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#21611 closed defect (bug) (fixed)

Remove CSS hover styling of postboxes with disabled JS

Reported by: TobiasBg Owned by: nacin
Milestone: 3.5 Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Administration Keywords: has-patch commit
Focuses: Cc:


If JS is disabled in the browser, post metaboxes can neither be moved/sorted nor expanded/shrunken.
However, due to the current wp-admin-CSS, the boxes still show effects on mouse hover (like text color change, other mouse pointers, visible arrow handle).
This can confuse users as nothing is happening when clicking on them, so I'd say that this is a (though rare to see) styling bug.

I suggest to simply only do these hover effects, if JS is enabled.
This is as simple as prepending the relevant CSS selectors with the ".js" class that we have (or not have) on <body>.

The attached patch does this for post metaboxes, as well as for the widgets page, where the same occurs under a different name.

Attachments (2)

21611.diff (5.7 KB) - added by TobiasBg 18 months ago.
(Refreshed) patch to fix CSS styling of metaboxes with disabled JS
21611-retina.diff (2.1 KB) - added by TobiasBg 17 months ago.
Fix this for retina displays as well

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Change History (16)

comment:1 SergeyBiryukov20 months ago

  • Component changed from General to UI

comment:2 TobiasBg20 months ago

  • Keywords ui-feedback added

comment:3 helenyhou18 months ago

  • Component changed from UI to Administration
  • Keywords needs-refresh added; ui-feedback removed
  • Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to Future Release

Makes sense to me.

comment:4 TobiasBg18 months ago

  • Keywords 3.6-early added

Great :-)

I will gladly refresh the patch for the next dev cycle, as I assume that this comes to late for 3.5.

comment:5 helenyhou18 months ago

Patch just needs a refresh - doesn't really have much to do with which dev cycle.

comment:6 TobiasBg18 months ago

  • Keywords needs-refresh 3.6-early removed

Ah, I had misinterpreted you :-) I had thought that there are more changes, due to recent CSS changes in core. Turned out that all that was needed was the switch to the new CSS file names.

So, here's the refreshed patch.

Version 0, edited 18 months ago by TobiasBg (next)

TobiasBg18 months ago

(Refreshed) patch to fix CSS styling of metaboxes with disabled JS

comment:7 helenyhou18 months ago

  • Keywords commit added
  • Milestone changed from Future Release to 3.5

This is so much better for no JS - I'd consider current behavior buggy looking and feeling. Makes perfect sense - let's do it.

comment:8 nacin18 months ago

  • Owner set to nacin
  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

In 22391:

For postboxes, only show arrows/handles on hover when JS is enabled. props TobiasBg. fixes #21611.

comment:9 georgestephanis17 months ago

Still showing on Retina displays. Patch forthcoming this evening if noone gets to it first.


comment:10 helenyhou17 months ago

  • Keywords needs-patch added; has-patch commit removed
  • Resolution fixed deleted
  • Status changed from closed to reopened

Seems we need to add that same selector to the media query blocks where applicable for HiDPI, even as unlikely as retina + no-JS seems.

comment:11 TobiasBg17 months ago

  • Keywords has-patch added; needs-patch removed

Sorry, must have missed these...

Here's a patch to also apply this change to retina. It would be great, if someone could test this, please.

TobiasBg17 months ago

Fix this for retina displays as well

comment:12 georgestephanis17 months ago

Tested and works!

comment:13 helenyhou17 months ago

  • Keywords commit added

comment:14 nacin17 months ago

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from reopened to closed

In 22582:

For postboxes, only show arrows/handles on hover when JS is enabled (for HiDPI). props TobiasBg. fixes #21611.

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