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Drag and drop link idiosyncrasies with web browsers
Authored by: jeff_lamarche on Mar 14, '05 09:12:53AM
This is not really unqiue to browsers; it's simply an artifact of the way the pasteboard server (clipboard) works in OS X. When a copy or cut is requested of a program, the program tells the pasteboard server what kind of information it has for the pasteboard. It can (and most programs do) specify multiple types, including custom types, along with a prioritization of those types.

This allows a program to retain special formatting with cut and pastes within the program, yet retain full compatibility with cross-application cut and paste with any foreseeable external application. It may seem a little mysterious, but once you understand the basic mechanism, it's pretty straightforward. TextWrangler is a pure text editor, and as such, is not going to request RTF, encoded HTML, or images. TextEdit is likely going to accept stylized text and images. If you were in an image editing program, it might do nothing, or it might paste the rendered stylized text, or something else.

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