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I'm unable to select text in my browser, but only on this site.

I tried selecting some text in the article section and hit Cmd-C (Control-C) to copy it to the clipboard. It just doesn't work. I've tried various browsers on both Windows and OSX. No luck.

Some Googling indicates that web designers can prevent text selection using some CSS code, which leads me to believe someone must have created a plug-in or extension to work around this annoyance. Any idea where I could find such a plug-in? I'm not having much success in my search. I don't care if it's for Safari, Firefox, or Chrome. I just need an easy way to select and copy text from the site linked to above.

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Articles require registration to view. I think these systems usually require Javascript, though, so disabling the offending script often works. (Occasionally I see sites where all the text is actually an image, though - in that case if you want to scrape it, OCR is your only option.) –  user55325 Nov 22 '13 at 1:40
"Any idea where I could find such a plug-in?" Product recommendations are off-topic on Superuser. –  Moses Nov 22 '13 at 1:54
user55325: I did register. Whether registered or not, the text is still non-selectable. As you mentioned, I suspected that it might actually be an image. It's not. The source is viewable but HTML source code isn't exactly ideal for copying/pasting. –  Chad Decker Nov 22 '13 at 2:01

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The text selection is blocked by JavaScript. I use NoScript in FireFox and had no problem selecting any text before I temporarily allowed the scripts (JavaScript) from the site.

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That did it, thanks man! –  Chad Decker Nov 22 '13 at 2:17

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