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UPDATE: there are several scenarios for editing:

  • Editing (with full editing privileges) is done inside the original question URL and can be cancelled by ESC.
  • Edit suggestions (without editing privileges) is done on a separate URL - possible to use browser back button to go back.
  • Editing on a new tab - obviously you can use Ctrl+Shift+Tab to go to the previous tab.
  • Viewing history/Revisions is done on a new URL - browser back button.

Due to this inconsistency I sometimes press back button (on my mouse) when I want to cancel an edit - this returns me to the previous page instead of just cancelling the edit (I need to press forward button to return to the question then). On the other hand, sometimes I press ESC when viewing revisions - this triggers no actions.

I wonder if it's just me or it would be useful to upate the URL hash (fragment identifier) while editing (e.g. #edit) to support back functionality while editing?

Alternatively what about handling ESC keypress on the revisions page?

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I think there may be a problem here (if you attempt to edit multiple posts on a page)...? – hayd Apr 22 '13 at 18:28
@hayden editing on SO (it's different on meta, it will go to a new URL when editing on meta, probably other SE sites too).. not sure what problem do you have in mind - what is supposed to work? – Aprillion Apr 22 '13 at 18:31
It'll go to a new page if you don't have full edit permissions (at that point, you're suggesting an edit) or when editing from the revision history. You can also use the full-page version by opening the edit link for any post in a new tab. – Shog9 Apr 22 '13 at 18:36
I often edit multiple posts at the same time (OP and an/my answer). Especially useful while writing an answer so I can munge/tweak data from the OP, to test my code, without actually making an unneeded edit. – hayd Apr 22 '13 at 18:41
The back button is supposed to take you to the previous page. Why would you expect it to cancel an edit? – Robert Harvey Apr 22 '13 at 23:32
@RobertHarvey because it did - before i got the full edit rights.. – Aprillion Apr 22 '13 at 23:35

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