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Re: Copy to Clipboard - ambush and abuse by javascript

From: Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2010 19:31:13 +0200
Cc: "L. David Baron" <dbaron@dbaron.org>, "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@gbiv.com>, ashok.malhotra@oracle.com, Noah Mendelsohn <nrm@arcanedomain.com>, "www-tag@w3.org" <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-Id: <61B037DD-0302-4553-AAC2-3CAC3ABBD9B1@w3.org>
To: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>

On 2010-06 -10, at 02:35, David Booth wrote:

> On Fri, 2010-06-04 at 19:27 -0700, L. David Baron wrote:
> [ . . . ]
>> The ability to manipulate what a user is copying is also important
>> for applications on the Web.  If you're using a Web app like Google
>> Docs, you want copy to copy a useful representation, not the
>> internal representation that the editor uses.  
> But it is the *browser* that renders things like HTML, plain text, PDF,
> etc. -- not javascript.  Why should javascript be given the ability to
> mess with it *after* the user has selected and told the browser to
> *copy* it?  

Well, for example, the Tabulator would want to figure out which
bit of HTML rendering you had deselected and return as a clipboard 
option the underlying RDF model data.

Received on Thursday, 10 June 2010 17:31:26 UTC

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