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Subject: Tech question not PBS related
Date Posted: 7/31/2008 1:29 PM ET
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I have a friend who likes reading reviews of tv shows from online sites. He doesn't have a computer, so I've been copying/pasting the text into a Word file and printing them for him. (This is more economical than printing the onscreen pages out.) Anyway, at a site called televisionwithoutpity.com, I noticed that I can no longer highlight the text to copy/paste. Does anyone know why this is? Is there a solution to this problem? TIA.



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Date Posted: 7/31/2008 1:34 PM ET
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Many sites now protect their work by blocking the copy feature. This makes it imposible for anyone to copy and paste information from their site to prevent plagiarism. I have noticed more and more sites doing this recently. There is no way around it that I know of.

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 1:36 PM ET
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I'm still able to copy and paste from TVWOP. 

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 1:36 PM ET
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Thanks for the info, Margaret. I can understand their rationale -- but it's a bummer for my friend!

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 1:38 PM ET
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most likely they have inserted code into the page to prevent content theft.  you'll have to print the whole page now for your friend since there isn't away around this without going to the "view source" and finding what you want but that would be more of a hassle then it is worth especially if you don't know how to read code

although I went to the site and was able to highlight things which usually means you can paste it...I picked this one below from the site about 7th Heaven.  so maybe it is something on your end?

Much like the Jesus this show about a Christian minister's large brood avoided mentioning at all costs, 7th Heaven just wouldn't die. No matter how bad the writing and the acting got, or how many original cast members left and were replaced by even more terrible actors, or how many times Executive Producer Brenda "Cookies" Hampton said this was the final season, it kept getting renewed and staying at the top of the WB's ratings. The Worst Show on Television will go on to double-digit seasons, but not here, thank Unnamed Deity!

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 1:40 PM ET
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Okay, now I'm confused. How come Janelle and Leslie can copy from TVWOP but I can't?

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 1:50 PM ET
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It may be a browser issue then.  I can copy and paste using Firefox but from Explorer I cannot.

I have found other sites though like snopes.com, which I use to verify the truthfulness of email stories, that do not allow you to copy and paste anymore.

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 1:50 PM ET
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The page has a number of Javascript functions that are either not supported by Firefox or targeted directly to Internet Explorer. I'm guessing that you use IE and they use Firefox.

It's those functions that are preventing the copying of the text. I don't think that's what they are supposed to be doing, but it is the net effect.

If you switch to Firefox or turn off JavaScript, you should be able to copy again.

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 1:58 PM ET
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There is freeware (free software) online called PrintKey200 (do a google search)  Load it onto your PC and when you start up the program it allows you to use the print screen key on your keyborad to capture the screen into a file. You can then save the file or print the sceen. We use this alot at work. Though it doesn'l copy just the text  Maybe a picture of the screen will be equally as useful.

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 2:08 PM ET
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Linda, if you click View - Page Source you will get the HTML version of the page you are viewing. You should be able to copy the text from there.

Warning - you'll have to search for the text and re-format it, because the page source is very raw data and not very pretty.

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 2:10 PM ET
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Try this. Hold the Ctrl button down and click on the article that you want to copy. That's a shortcut to highlight a section. It will highlight text, pictures, formatting, etc. However, you can do a paste special to only paste the text.

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 2:28 PM ET
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I really appreciate this site, there are so many people willing to help. I'm not computer literate, so please bear with me.

Sandra: I have no problem using the print screen function, but like I said, I'd rather save on paper by capturing the text only.

Debbie: I tried your suggestion of clicking on View -> Source for the HTML version. Even when I copied just the story itself, there were still a lot of things within "< >" -- too many to clean up without getting dizzy, LOL.

Tim: Yes, I use Internet Explorer. How do I turn off JavaScript?



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Date Posted: 7/31/2008 2:35 PM ET
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I can walk you through turning off JavaScript, but on further reflection, I don't recommend it. Too many sites use it including PBS. You'd have to turn it off for that one site and then turn it back on for everything else.

Before going through that, you should try my suggestion about using the Ctrl button. It might fix all of your problems.

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 2:35 PM ET
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I was going to suggest Print Screening too, someone else did. To do this, you just have to hold down the [Ctrl] key while pressing the [Print Screen] key. Then, right-click and paste it into a Word doc. You'll get a lot of junk in with it, but your friend will get his information. I highly recommend SnagIt, which I use on the job every day, but it's not freeware. I also use Photoshop. You can get a free 30 day trial of either, I think.

Date Posted: 7/31/2008 3:01 PM ET
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I used Tim's suggestion of holding down the Control button and clicking on the article, then choosing "Text only" in the paste option. This works for me! Thank you all!