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Re: Safe copy and paste with scripts

From: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
Date: Wed, 01 Mar 2006 17:07:27 -0800
Message-ID: <4406454F.8000103@sicking.cc>
To: paul@activemath.org, Web APIs WG <public-webapi@w3.org>

Paul Libbrecht wrote:
> Jonas Sicking wrote:
>>> That can only be avoided by using explicit actions such as "copy 
>>> text" which would avoid the possibly good value the element would 
>>> make as copy.
>> I don't want to add a 'copy text' menu item next to every 'copy' item 
>> in firefox. First of all it clutters the UI, second, users won't know 
>> when to use which.
> Jonas,
> I agree it clutters the UI the same as spam pollutes email and dirt 
> web-sites pollute the web or SSL adds a layer of unnecessary complexity 
> to connections (even to users)... there's not enough dirt to discourage 
> us and our users though!
> I bet that most will never need the only "copy text" menu-item in the 
> edit menu.

They will all see it though. I can tell you for sure that we are not 
going to add an extra menu item for this. And I'd be surprised if any 
other browser vendor would.

> As to notice... well... they will notice when they paste that the copied 
> text is just wrong! Or they don't care about the content they just 
> pasted...

And do you think at that point that any significant portion of the users 
will know to go to the "copy text" menu-item?
Received on Thursday, 2 March 2006 01:05:27 UTC

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