Unable to copy read-only text with cmd-c




Keyboard Navigation
8 years ago
7 years ago


(Reporter: William Bowles, Unassigned)


Firefox Tracking Flags

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8 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X 10.5; en-US; rv: Gecko/20100401 Firefox/3.6.3
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X 10.5; en-US; rv: Gecko/20100401 Firefox/3.6.3

When I copy something eg, a URL from within Firefox and then paste into eg, Dreamweaver, nothing happens.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Copy the text
2. Try to paste into another app. for example, Dreamweaver
3. Paste into a plain text editor
4. Copy the pasted text
5. Then paste into Dreamweaver or whatever app I'm using.
Actual Results:  

Expected Results:  
text pasted

Comment 1

7 years ago
I have observed that Cmd-C does not work when copying from a web page, but works OK for content in text fields. This might lead to the perception of the clipboard working "intermittently". The Edit menu always works.

Comment 2

7 years ago
Reproduced this with: Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.6; rv:2.0b9pre) Gecko/20110105 Firefox/4.0b9pre

Updated the summary to reflect the reproduced case:

Steps to reproduce:
1. Select read-only text in a web page (not a text field or text area).
2. Press Cmd-C to copy the text.
3. Try to paste anywhere you could normally paste text (e.g., text editor).

Expected result:
Copied text is pasted.

Actual results:
Previous content of clipboard is pasted.

Copy using the Edit menu (tedious and low a11y).
Component: General → Keyboard Navigation
Ever confirmed: true
QA Contact: general → keyboard.navigation
Summary: Clipboard works intermittantly → Unable to copy read-only text with cmd-c
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