build 2002031104 win32 If I right click on a hyperlink, I get the option to "Copy Link Address", however the "Copy" option is grayed out. It would be really neat if the "Copy" action copied the link title (the bits between the greater and less than signs in the tag). For instance, given this link (using pre tag to stop this being rendered): <pre> <a href="http://www.mozilla.org">The Mozilla Organization</a> </pre> right-clicking on the hyperlink and selecting "Copy" should place "The Mozilla Organization" in the clipboard buffer. Just a wish.
"Copy" is never an option unless you have selected some text. You can select the link text and choose copy from the right-click menu. The behavior you describe (right-click copy with no selection) would be confusing to many users. <email@example.com> Please mark this bug INVALID or WONTFIX
Michael: as already stated, "Copy" needs something selected. Another possibility might be the desire for a context menu entry called "Copy Link Title" (or similar), comparable to what you get with e-mail adresses. But probably this entry would be regarded as not worth the further bloating of menus because one can simply highlight the Link Title and then right-click->Copy. So please either resolve this bug as WONTFIX or change this bug's summary to reflect the longer menu entry, depending on what you think is best.
*** Bug 121442 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Previous comments suggest this is something that can not or will not be done. Status -> WONTFIX
*** Bug 172000 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
so there is no solution to how painful it is to copy text inside a link?... (I filed a dupe of this earlier this week)
keithkml: what on earth is painful about clicking on a link and moving the mouse slightly while holding the mouse button pressed to get the link text selected? Afterwards just press Ctrl-C (on Win) or use the context menu to copy the selected text. You are still free to open a new bug with a more appropriate description (concerning the potential menu entry; see the comments above). But personally I think that an additional menu entry for a thing that is as rarely used (IMO) and as easily to do by other means would be a waste of screen estate and make it more difficult to find the desired menu entry (because the menu would get larger - and there are surely many other people who would like to see various other entries in the context menu...)
um, here on linux, dragging anywhere on a link drags the link.. I don't want to have to drag the link to copy. it doesn't make sense.
------- Additional Comments From firstname.lastname@example.org 2002-10-02 13:30 ------- > keithkml: what on earth is painful about clicking on a link and moving the mouse > slightly while holding the mouse button pressed to get the link text selected? It doesn't work; at least not on my PowerBook. When I do as you describe, I get a menu come up, which does not have an option to select the text, which is what this bug is asking for. > Afterwards just press Ctrl-C (on Win) or use the context menu to copy the > selected text. That might be OK, if it worked as you describe, but it doesn't for me (build 2002100208). > You are still free to open a new bug with a more appropriate description > (concerning the potential menu entry; see the comments above). > > But personally I think that an additional menu entry for a thing that is as > rarely used (IMO) and as easily to do by other means I might agree with you, if it did as you describe. Actually, I would rather have the menu option, even if you could select the text and then do command-c (Mac) - it is a much more possitive action to select a menu option. > would be a waste of screen > estate and make it more difficult to find the desired menu entry (because the > menu would get larger - and there are surely many other people who would like to > see various other entries in the context menu...) Ah, I see this bug is marked 'Windows 2000'. Should I open another bug, or should this bug be remarked as 'Mac' only? Ah, I see the latest 'add' says that it doesn't work right on Linux either, so it doesn't make sense to mark it Mac only, but it shouldn't be W2K if it works as described on that platform. Anyway, please reopen this bug, since it clearly still needs some work. Max. PS. Remember, most Macs only have a single mouse button.
keith: you aren't dragging to copy, you're dragging an object because you want to select the object because you want to copy the selection. it does work on windows, although it doesn't work if there's already a selection... ok, let's see if we have our definitions straight: 1. click a link 1' it should turn active (normally that's a red color) (don't wait too long, esp on mac os, we aren't trying to trigger a context menu) 2. drag the mouse outside the active link's border 2' the text should select. 3. you somehow tell mozilla to copy (ctrl-c, cmd-c, edit>copy, context menu>copy) please indicate which step you are unable to follow.
All the methods you describe work for me, but they feel like hacks and really horrible and non-intuitive. Perhaps, when no text is selected, instead of greying-out the 'copy' item on the menu, you could replace it with 'copy link text'? I don't see any point in having a greyed out option. Replacing it with something which is identical in functionality from the intent of the user, does not use any further menu space. Would this be satisfactory from all points of view? Max.
thank you! yes, unintuitive is the word I think I was looking for. yes I would be very happy with that.
Regarding comment 11: There should not be a "Copy" item on the context menu that appears when you right-click on a link (bug 187415), so please don't use its existence as a reason to have a "Copy link text" item.
I am yet another person who often regrets the fact that the "Copy link title" context menu option is missing, so count my vote. ;-) Note that mailto: links already have "Copy Email Address" and "Copy Link Location". Why not add "Copy Link Title"? Or, to make it absolutely clear what the option does, it could be similar to the 'Web Search for "(selected content)"' option that appears in a selection context menu. OS/Platform=All. I'm tempted to reopen this...
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I see this is marked WONTFIX but I hope I can still put in my two cents because I want to respond to some of what's said here. >> keithkml: what on earth is painful about clicking on a link and moving the mouse slightly while holding the mouse button pressed to get the link text selected? Afterwards just press Ctrl-C (on Win) or use the context menu to copy the selected text. Because unlike regular text, it's easy for me to miss. Too far away to the left or right, and too much would be selected (spaces, line breaks, etc). Too close and you hit the link instead. And then, when the text is selected, Ctrl-C means going to the keyboard. And then there's the problem of copying portions of link texts. Unlike regularly phrases, it's impossible to do so. We're not even asking that, but just being able to do it easier. I also want to point out that, IMHO, omitting a normal copy function actually creates exceptions. When you right-click on a link, it's selected. Thus, the context menu should reflect that. It should also be recognized that link texts are mostly regular words and text, so it's a bit strange that they're not treated as text. Again, especially if one's interested in portions thereof. P.S. Sorry about filing the dupe - I didn't find it.
*** Bug 245213 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
I just tried the proposed method of copying the text (WinXP and Seamonkey 2.0.3), and it didn't work at all. This is what I did: 0. no text selection present 1. Pushed down the left (primary) mouse button on a link 2. moved the mouse out of the link (the mouse cursor turns into the no-no sign) 3. released the mouse button Nothing happened. Maybe this works on *x only? I know the current selection in PuTTY terminals is copied to the clipboard immediately, but this is not a common behaviour in other Windows programs. When I release the mouse button in a textarea, the href text is inserted. Sometimes a link is hard to select without activating it, so it would be nice if - the mouse move method would reliably work, or - a popup menu entry would be made available (to those who want it and throw the corresponding configuration lever, at least)