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Hanan Cohen [PersonRank 7]

Tuesday, April 22, 2008
12 years ago2,514 views

(I know this is not Google related but I think the participants of this forum will want to know and protest this) is a major source on Email rumors and Urban Legends.

I tried to send someone a reference to a new item there but couldn't copy text from the page. Switched to IE – nada.

View Source : document.onmousedown=disableselect

I don't know why they did it but this is so Not-Internet and so against their own interest.

Maybe some publications on this fact will make them remove this stupid trick.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Ah yes, I've noticed this sneaky trick before and just switched off JavaScript to get around it.

Stephen Tordoff [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Not sure I see the point TBH, as Ctrl-A or View Source still work

Ianf [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

A sophorific, newbe-coder kind of thing... "hey, let's show everybody who's the boss." Pointless and powerful at the same time. And is not alone about it, though most instances of this no-select "affliction" that I've run across seem to be due to awful, self-defeating and/or chaotic coding practices, not explicit choice to sabotage readers' copy action.

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