On 16 Dec 2008, at 18:52, taz wrote:
Do anyone have any idea how disable right click when public viewer
is viewing a website?
A way public viewer can’t copy the text from a website
You’ve had the answers that matter on this question, but I’d like to
put in my own bit if I may.
The philosophical answer to your question is more interesting than the
actual one. That’s because the actual one is simple: it’s impossible,
and that’s that. The End.
But the philosophical answer is more interesting, because it
encompasses what the Web is all about, which is ease, friendliness,
sharing, elegance in useability and many more I can’t think of, I’m
sure. The Web (with corporate/business exceptions) is about just
getting it done, about getting the most information to the most people
in the nicest way, as efficiently as possible. It’s about NOT having a
site where you have to email the owner (or even go to another page) to
find out the price of an item, but rather having the price, the
dimensions, the colour and the weight in grammes right there in the
description, and sometimes even more information that you didn’t think
necessary, just because it’s possible, and easy, and it might help the
viewer. It’s about making it easy for the viewer to drag a picture
from your site off onto their Desktop because they might want to refer
to it later, or show it to a friend who also might be interested. Or
making it easy for them to copy any or all of the text on your site,
for the same reasons. When you obstruct people on the Web, they tend
to ignore you. What you put on the Web needs to be thought about in
advance; if you have things on your site that you don’t want people to
copy or share, then you probably missed a step early on in the design
process; the answer is not to put anything on your site that you don’t
mind being shared or copied or, as some people have it, ‘stolen’. If
that leaves you with not much in the way of content, then perhaps a
rethink of the whole ‘Web ethic’ is in order. It’s a fun, pleasant and
easy-to-use place where anything that makes life difficult is frowned
upon, and in this context, ‘frowned upon’ usually means ‘never visited
You can make it more difficult for people to copy from your site.
Trouble is, if you manage somehow to make it ten times more difficult,
it’ll still only take them five seconds, so it’s hardly worth your
effort. You can make all your text into images, but I can type almost
as fast as I can read it, so no problem there.
It’s about openness, friendliness and fearlessness. A friend of mine
on the GoLive list many moons ago had the best email signature I’ve
ever seen; it was: ‘Give people more than they expect, and do it
cheerfully’. I’ve tried to do that, and have wanted to have that for
my signature, even though I can’t, ever since.
My advice, although feel free to ignore it, would be: put whatever you
want to put on the web, don’t let the fact that someone may ‘steal’
it worry you, and live with it. It gets easier when you do.
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