Allow selecting text in modal dialog

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I have a window which is popped up by window.showModalDialog() method.  My users want to copy some text in this dialog window and then paste in another window after closing the dialog.  However the modal dialog window does not allow users to select text content using mouse cursor.
 
Is this a limitation of dialog window?  Any work around?
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Edwin_CAsked:
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ZvonkoConnect With a Mentor Systems architectCommented:
Sorry, it seams I have read it in a simelar question.
But it goeas like this:

<html>
<head>
<title>Zvonko &#42;</title>
</head>
<body>
<h1>This Header NOT selectable</h1>
<div contentEditable>
<h1>But this one is selectable</h1>
And all following text in the DIV
</div>
</body>
</html>




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a122178Commented:
Can you implement a "Select All" button to solve the problem?
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Edwin_CAuthor Commented:
"Select All" (pressing Ctrl-A) does not work.  Moreover the users need selecting some text but not all.
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ZvonkoSystems architectCommented:
Here a workaround: http:Q_21581323.html
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ZvonkoSystems architectCommented:
You can even have  a <textarea> with no borders:
<textarea style="border:0px; width: 100%; height:100%; overflow:hidden;">
Here some text
</textarea>



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Edwin_CAuthor Commented:
Hi Zvonko

Thank you for your reply.  Actually the modalDialog is a ASP.NET WebForm and its content is generated by my .NET code using a DataGrid ASP.NET control.  I think the details of .NET is not important here but I just cannot put my ASP.NET DataGrid control inside <textarea> tag because ASP.NET will not recognize them as code.  Is using textarea tag the only way to do it?  Can I use DIV or something to achieve the same result?

Edwin
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ZvonkoSystems architectCommented:
It the referenced answer there is the option to set the div to style editable area. Try that.
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Edwin_CAuthor Commented:
Sorry! I can't follow.  In the referenced answer http:Q_21581323.html, only <textarea> is used to surround the text.  I cannot find mentioning <div>.  Have I missed something?

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Edwin_CAuthor Commented:
Amazing!  I have never thought about having this attribute.  Now users can select the text content but they can also modify the content which is some what undesirable.  The best thing to have is to allow them to select some text (then they press ctrl-C) but not allowing them to change the content.  Any more ideas?
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ZvonkoSystems architectCommented:
The question is: Why it has to be Modal at all?
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Edwin_CAuthor Commented:
Because it is a screen for users to make selection.  I don't want the users to switch to other screen until they make their choices or close the parent screen leaving the selection screen open or go back to the parent screen and then open multiple selection screens.  
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Edwin_CAuthor Commented:
Zvonko
Thank you for your solution.  It is a viable solution to the problem althought it has its side effect.
Edwin
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