Last modified: 2009-03-18 23:31:46 UTC
When copying headers from the printable version and pasting into another application, "" appears.
Here is a paste from the meta.wikimedia.org main page from the printable version.
* The Thai Wikipedia has 30,000 registered users.
 August 2007
* The Turkish Wikipedia has reached 90,000 articles.
* The Estonian Wikipedia has reached 40,000 articles.
* The Bosnian Wikipedia has reached 20,000 articles.
This is an upstream issue. Browsers should not include display:none elements in copy-and-pasted text if they intend to maintain fidelity with what the user sees. Please complain to the maintainers of the browser you're using. As for us, we aren't going to bend over backwards (and it would be a pretty big change) to support the marginal case of copying text in a broken browser: the links are removed from the version as printed, which is the sole point of the printable version.
Edit links should not be present at all if such user's preference set. Hiding via CSS is just workaround which works only in visual browsers with CSS support and having it turned on.
*** Bug 17810 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
While we fancy devs tend to think of this as a silly complaint, it is one that hits real people doing perfectly reasonable things, and it's rather annoying to have to run about manually removing the links.
This seems like a fun one for the usability crew... Arash, take a peek! :D
Thank you brion! If you get this done, you'll have my personal gratitude.
Fixed in r48544