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make html text non selectable

Posted on 2008-10-03
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Last Modified: 2013-11-19
Hi there,
Is there a way to make part of the text on my html page non selectable?
Question by:ioustinos_sarris
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ID: 22635658
The only way that I could think of is to create an image with the text in question and then insert the image into your page instead of html text.

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ID: 22635828
A long while ago, javasripts were quite fashionable that disabled the right mouse button on a web page (like this one, for instance: http://www.dynamicdrive.com/dynamicindex9/noright.htm).

Theoretically, one could modify the script to prevent the left mouse button from being clicked. BUT:
- users might still select text with the cursor keys
- javascript can easily be turned off
- I don't think those scripts still work with new generation browsers

So, I'm left with my above mentioned suggestion.
Alternatively, you could try to place a transparent image in a <div> layer (http://www.echoecho.com/csslayers.htm) right on top of the text. So when the visitor wishes to select the text underneath, all he gets is the image. But I'd expect this to require a lot of fiddling.
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Gawai earned 2000 total points
ID: 22636293
There is a way to overcome

if u disable right click, u can select the text, below site will help u out

or just try this

<body onselectstart = return false; >

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by:Tony McCreath
ID: 22643025
Placing a div over the top of the text would stop selection.
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ID: 22643629
the link i gave u does extacly wat u wanted
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ID: 22644441

the link you gave indeed does what the OP wants, but the method itself suffers from the same disadvantage I mentioned above: it is Javascript dependent, and Javascript may be disabled in no time.

For instance: the link you gave also offers a demonstration of how the script works. I went there with my standard Opera browser, realized I couldn't select text, pressed F12, turned off Javascript, reloaded the page and selected the text. This took me about 4 seconds.
I then pasted the link into my Firefox browser which runs the No-Script extension by default, and I could select the text rightaway.

Hence: protecting your content with Javascript is like no protection at all.
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ID: 22644472
then the best method is to use flash
load the text dynamically in flash MC.

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