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Windows 7: Clipboard corrupts HTML code

22 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Clipboard corrupts HTML code

I do a lot of work on my websites, and I frequently run into a problem when I copy an element or block of one of my local pages in the WYSIWYG display (or copy from a browser display) and then paste it into my web page editor. It also occurs when I use a clipboard utility that enables me to paste the HTML code of such a copy into a text editor - so the problem is in no way related to my web page editor (KompoZer).

The trouble is that all my internal links and references use local paths, which for the most part are simply the respective filenames, and what sweet little Windows clipboard does all too often (though not in all circumstances) is to prefix all those filenames with their full local path on my system. So, for example, the image reference to "self-r-beats-psychiatry.gif" becomes "file:///D:/websites/website-Self-Realization/self-r-beats-psychiatry.gif", which would work on my system but would be a broken reference on the uploaded page on my public website.

The only way to work round this that I'm yet aware of is to copy and paste the HTML code only, which is possible but often inconvenient - or of course to remember to do the relevant search/replace operation to remove that dratted path from all the filenames.

I assume that the Windows clipboard behaves in that perverse way to serve some helpful function for some users in particular circumstances, though from my perspective this behaviour represents a serious bug, which corrupts my data.

So, what I'd really like to know is, does anyone know a means to stop this troublesome behaviour of Windows - such as by means of a registry hack?

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