[whatwg] Text selection in IFrames

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Thu Aug 9 11:28:56 PDT 2007

On Thu, 9 Aug 2007, Devi Web Development wrote:
> Not an interoperability issue? One of the main benefits of HTML has been 
> it's device-independence. Ideally, a page should look and act the same 
> in every browser on every platform. Frankly, I don't see an application 
> for using user-selected text, but if a script requests the selected 
> text, it should be clear what the script is getting.

...and it is -- the script will get whatever the user selected. But 
different platforms have different conventions (e.g. on X the selection 
will be cleared if another selection is made in another application) and 
it is not our place to dictate UI. It doesn't make any difference to 
well-written applications what the conventions are.

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