If by "as expected" you mean the selectedText of the field can be obtained, 
then this is likely because you set it with the button. Selecting it with a 
cursor does not behave the same way. How odd. I may have to dig into the IDE 
and find where this is happening. 

Bob S

> On Feb 24, 2017, at 09:50 , Bob Sneidar via use-livecode 
> <use-livecode@lists.runrev.com> wrote:
>> To test this, I had a button set the
>> selection, made sure that traversal was off, then put the selectedtext of
>> the field, and it worked as expected.

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