Closed Bug 235986 Opened 18 years ago Closed 18 years ago
HTML Clipboard Format lacks SOURCE URL
User-Agent: Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 Firefox 0.8 Technically not a bug, but it's a big shortcoming. The HTML Clipboard Format specification allows for the inclusion of the SOURCE URL metadata in the header. IE 4.0 and higher support this, but Mozilla does not. It would be GREAT if Mozilla could supply this information, which allows the pasting application to know the URL of the page that the HTML fragment originated from. It will allow images to be retrieved from the original page or browser cache, and it also allows clipboard extenders to know where the data came from so that the user can re-visit the page. Here is an example of what needs to be here (note the Source URL): Version:1.0 StartHTML:000000220 EndHTML:000000934 StartFragment:000000800 EndFragment:000000849 StartSelection:000000800 EndSelection:000000844 SourceURL:http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/enter_bug.cgi?product=Browser When data is copied from Mozilla products, the HTML clipboard format is present, but lacks the SourceURL. It's also listed as version 0.9 (the 1.0 comes from IE). Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: 1.Copy anything from any Mozilla browser 2.Examine the data on the clipboard, in HTML Format (in binary) 3.No Source URL present. Programs like ClipMate cannot obtain the source URL. Actual Results: No source URL can be determined. Users stick with IE instead, if they're using a clipboard extender that extracts the source URL. This is bad for everyone! Expected Results: I expected the SourceURL to be provided. The CF_HTML data isn't nearly as useful with this header information missing.
Please fix this bug! The failure to access the HTML source of clipped materials hinders my ability to use Firefox as an information resource. Hopefully it will be easy to simply pull the URL into the clipboard specification. It will appeal to folks like me who sometimes, when getting info from the web, use EI solely for that ability. John French
I use a clipboard enhancer on Windows. This enhancer grabs not only what I'm trying to copy, but also determines the source URL and stores that with the clip. Thus, I have a 'bibliography' for my data. During certain browsing sessions, where I'm doing research, I am forced to use IE in order to have a 'bibliography' showing where I obtained text, pictures and other data. I would much prefer it if I could continue to use Firefox for all my browsing needs.
It is really frustrating to not have SourceURL available on Mozilla based browsers. I'm a researcher/writer & need to capture sources for future reference. I don't want to use IE...but this is one area where (now) its technology works better for me. Please fix this!!! Lynn Wasnak
#244685 has a patch to fix this. -dave *** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 244685 ***
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Closed: 18 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
If this is fixed my support and love for Firefox and ClipMate will increase greatly with improved usability. Thank you for everything.
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