The serial was being used to silence away changes introduced by previous commit calls. However the text_input protocol reads:
"When the client receives a done event with a serial different than the number of past commit requests, it must proceed as normal, except it should not change the current state of the zwp_text_input_v3 object."
It makes more sense to prevent the changes on the zwp_text_input object itself, as those would be made redundant by more recent events. But the effects of the .done calls should still take place.
Closes: #1365 (closed)