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Meister

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The title sums it up.

Sometimes the text marks up - Sometimes it doesn't.

Sometimes it lets me mark individual words - Sometimes only blocks of text.

Sometimes "copy" shows - sometimes it doesn't.

This happens on my iPads, too and really hampers the productivity of these devices for me.

How do you do it?
 

willmtaylor

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The title sums it up.

Sometimes the text marks up - Sometimes it doesn't.

Sometimes it lets me mark individual words - Sometimes only blocks of text.

Sometimes "copy" shows - sometimes it doesn't.

This happens on my iPads, too and really hampers the productivity of these devices for me.

How do you do it?

It's a crap shoot at best.

Zooming in/out to different levels helps. If "copy" etc. doesn't show up, tap one of the handles on the edge of the selected text; it should reappear.

I know nothing about web coding or browser programming, but I do know selecting text is the #1 most aggravating part of Safari for me.
 
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Meister

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It's a crap shoot at best.

Zooming in/out to different levels helps. If "copy" etc. doesn't show up, tap one of the handles on the edge of the selected text; it should reappear.

I know nothing about web coding or browser programming, but I do know selecting text is the #1 most aggravating part of Safari for me.
It's not just safari.

This is a problem with all browsers.
Probably because they're all based on the safari webkit.

It's a huge problem that makes iOS devices impossible to use for me as laptop replacements. :mad:
 

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I have a 9.7 iPP but haven't yet purchased an Apple Pencil - I've wondered if the Pencil would/could make copying easier i.e. more exacting?
 
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Meister

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I have a 9.7 iPP but haven't yet purchased an Apple Pencil - I've wondered if the Pencil would/could make copying easier i.e. more exacting?
I don't see how.

This is a real issue that's actually getting worse!

A very expensive device that can't properly copy some text from a webpage. WTF apple!
 

Field3

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I have a 9.7 iPP but haven't yet purchased an Apple Pencil - I've wondered if the Pencil would/could make copying easier i.e. more exacting?

It sucks, in safari anyway. Getting the pencil to highlight a word is the hard part. Expanding the highlight is the best part.
Just tried a rubber capacitive tip on the pencil lightning connector and it works much better.
 

M. Gustave

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The title sums it up.

Sometimes the text marks up - Sometimes it doesn't.

Sometimes it lets me mark individual words - Sometimes only blocks of text.

Sometimes "copy" shows - sometimes it doesn't.

This happens on my iPads, too and really hampers the productivity of these devices for me.

How do you do it?

I'm not a web developer, but I'm pretty sure this has to do with how the page itself is coded. Some "text" on websites is actually an image, or a form, script, etc. It could also possibly be due to being in a mobile view. Have you tried forcing desktop view first?

Do you have a specific link I can try? One trick that works occasionally is zooming in on the text, then selecting.
 
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