[webkit-dev] Heads up: changing default for selectionIncludesAltImageText

James Craig jcraig at apple.com
Sat Apr 27 09:52:10 PDT 2013

I wanted to give the list a heads up because the related issue was somewhat controversial last time. 

To give some context, this is about whether image alt text should be included in the plain text pasteboard. Most everyone is of the opinion that it should, but several of us feel that it should be delimited to some degree so that it's more clear this came from an image and was not originally presented as plain text.

Here is the original thread and bug that resulted in this feature being implemented but left disabled by default:

The discussion also resulted in an HTML defect filed to clarify this portion of the spec.

While I still feel there is room to explore some delimiting options, the HTML spec has since been updated to be less ambiguous in this area, and the other main browsers support the behavior, so I think it's reasonable to enable it by default until such time as 1) this is shown to be problematic, or 2) a better solution is proposed.

Here's the new bug for the settings change.

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