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When I do a command-c with Adium, it picks up the timestamps as well as the text I want. I've looked through the prefs with no luck. How can I just get the text? (I know I can use Textmate and then option-drag, but that's annoying.)

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Not using Adium, but this issue seems to have been fixed 5 years ago. There was even an icon added for it. Can't you see any trace of that fix in your version? – harrymc Oct 18 '12 at 9:27
@harrymc That's for the chat transcript viewer, not the chat window. Still, it's just a Cmd-L away, so might be a good workaround. – Daniel Beck Oct 19 '12 at 18:10
Thanks, this discussion was actually very helpful. – Dan Rosenstark Oct 20 '12 at 19:07
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Adium does no specific processing of data when copying. The only way* to not copy the data is to not select it. If you want to copy several lines at once this means that you wither need to use the transcript viewer with timestamps hidden or use a message style that doesn't display the timestamp. on each message. Of the bundled styles, yMous has an option do this.

Since the message styles are nothing more than HTML, CSS, and Javascript, it should be possible to create a message style that will do what you want. IT would be easy to simply apply "-webkit-user-select: None" to the class "x-time". Unfortunately, a bug in Webkit prevents this from working properly (

*(A second option would be to use Javascript to process the copy buffer however you'd like. To the best of my knowledge nobody has ever done this, but it's theoretically possible.)

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hadn't actually thought of the transcript viewer :) I'll see what else rolls in before I give out the bounty points, but this answer is good and definitely goes above and beyond. +1 for now. – Dan Rosenstark Oct 20 '12 at 19:05

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