Holy cow, I wrote a book!
mentioned in a footnote to
a blog entry on PowerShell and WMI
that he considers the Ctrl+Backspace shortcut key a Windows-ism.
Where did this shortcut key come from?
From a fan of
the Brief editor.
A few people in the early days of the
Internet Explorer group used the Brief editor,
which uses Ctrl+Backspace as the shortcut key to delete
the previous word,
and they liked it so much that one of them added it to the
Therefore, any edit control that uses
will gain this secret Ctrl+Backspace hotkey.
This is one of those scary "rogue features".
There's no spec,
there's no testing,
it's just a developer who spent some time
whacking a feature into the product because he liked it.
Sure, rogue features can often become useful,
but they also create a lot of liability.
Imagine if a rogue feature was the cause of
a program crash,
an application compatibility problem,
a security vulnerability.