Discussion of features in Mozilla Firefox
I have had a website created in Cold Fusion with some HTML.
I asked my website developer (who does not use Friefox), to create code to prevent copying of text on my pages. This works successfully in Internet Explorer, as you can't hold down your mouse and copy text.
However, I have noticed that in Firefox 1.0, I can click on Edit, Select all, and copy my entire pages of text (and banners and buttons).
Does anyone know of code that has been developed to prevent this?
Thank you - I'll give to my web developer to try
Why are you trying to prevent people to do that?
or you could just look at the source, if you are going to prevent me from doing something, im just gonna want to do it more =)
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Can somebody program Firefox to go out and kill (preferably in a slow and painful manner) developers who try to make sites do annoying things like disabling right-click options, and the bosses who order them to do stuff like that?
I'm trying to stop people because I found that a number of other sites were taking my test that I had written, as opposed to just linking to my site.
The simple and basic rule is - if you do not want other people to copy/steal/borrow stuff - do not publish them on the internet.
Switching functions off in visitors browser is very annoying - and mind you - Mozilla can block such scripts.
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It is indeed true that you cannot prevent the content of any web-page from being copied by a determined enough individual.
Amongst the ways you can make it more difficult, however, are:
JS may also be able to de-select any selections on mouse-up(?).
Or you could put the stuff you want to copy-protect into a java applet, or use flash for it.
Or you could put an empty DIV on top of your content (by means of CSS absolute positioning), so that any attempt to click and drag to select text would instead be trying to select the contents of the covering DIV.
None of these is fool-proof, of course. JS and CSS methods can be defeated by turning off JS and/or copying form the page source; the Flash and Java methods can be used against you by the thief taking the applet itself. Defeating the JS methods can be made more difficult by using JS to "create" the HMTL code with lots of document.write instructions, but someone will figure a way around it.
Firefox, unlike all MS products, is written for the user, not for website developers.
If the day ever comes when users want to lose their ability to copy and paste text from a site, then it'll probably be added to firefox, but not until.
Most users expectation is that if they can see it on their screen, they can save for later use or editing.
BTW. one easy to discourage stealing of text is to put in a pdf, or even better (or worse, depending on your perspective) in an image. It's not foolproof, it just makes it a LOT harder for flks to steal your text.
Flash, PDF, java, jpg or any other thing you use still people can copy stuff by just using the software coming with scanners to read charcters from image.
Or one can ask somebody in thirdworld to retype the page content for less than 10 cents.
So better way is to allow coping, but ask to give credit to you work by displaying you name, copyright info, link to your site etc. Trust me you will get more referrals that way.
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