Um, English typically is read left-to-right and not right-to-left. So when I type in the address box, I’d really appreciate the flow of my typing to work in that direction as well. As a result, I would get “u.view.usg.edu” and not “ude.gsu.weiv.u”.
Killing the process and starting a new one did resolve the issue.
P.S. I do normally use Firefox, but I prefer to open Blackboard’s Vista in a separate browser so as to not have that web application potentially interfere with other work.