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The select to clipboard html input experiment

Introduction

If there is one thing that make me mad it is the github repository URL clone input.

This thing select the content automatically but you cannot paste it with the middle mouse button as usually.

It works on bitbucket but we are mostly using GitHub.

The experiment

Even if GitHub is not opensource, I wanted to do a Pull-Request but you know, if you don't have the code, it is not so easy.

I decided to make a little experiment:

<html>
    <body>
        <h2>Normal</h2>
        <p><input id="focusin_input" type="text" value="focusin" /></p>
        <p><input id="hover_input" type="text" value="mouseover" /></p>
        <p><input id="click_input" type="text" value="click" /></p>

    <hr>
        <h2>Readonly</h2>
        <p><input readonly="readonly" id="focusin_input" type="text" value="focusin" /></p>
        <p><input readonly="readonly" id="hover_input" type="text" value="mouseover" /></p>
        <p><input readonly="readonly" id="click_input" type="text" value="click" /></p>

    <hr>
        <textarea></textarea>

    <script src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.10.1.min.js"></script>
    <script>
      $(document).ready(function(){
          $('#focusin_input').on('focusin', function(){
                  console.log('focusin');
                  $(this).select();
              });
          $('#hover_input').on('mouseover', function(){
                  console.log('mouseover');
                  $(this).select();
              });
          $('#click_input').on('click', function(){
                  console.log('click');
                  $(this).select();
              });
      });
    </script>
    </body>
</html>

Conclusion

The focusin event is the most reliable one because it works on Firefox and Chrome. Unless your input have got the readonly attribute, the selection is set into the X11 mouse clipboard buffer.

You can try it there

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