Copy to Clipboard - ambush and abuse by javascript

A fascinating discussion has been started by Tim Berners-Lee on the TAG mailing list, here’s the pointer to the archive:

it is based on a blog post by John Gruber, Tynt, the Copy/Paste jerks which is also fascinating as a rebellion.

This is the first time a widespread library is distributed to do direct exploitation of the copy-and-paste javascript APIs including the HTML5 APIs and unfortunately it’s used by web-site editors who try to perform source tracking by injecting into the clipboard the source URL and an analytics tracker; unfortunately because it clearly tastes like a privacy danger.

But fortunately for the debate!

  • One the one hand, most folks claim that the copy operation is sacred and should not start to be changed.
  • On the other hand, one sees a few folks which clearly state that such APIs can be made really useful to the user.

Go there, post opinions!

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