Html – div contentEditable but Readonly


I have a div with some text and I want when the cursor is hover this div to select the text. If I let this div as it is, when trying to select all (CTRL+A) then I select all page content, meaning all body text.

To get rid of this, I need to use contenteditable attribute for this div.

But I don't want to let people to change the text / copy / cut and so on

I try to use readonly for this div, but doesn't working.

Any advice please ?

PS1: This div has also other tags inside (html content), but I don't think that this is a problem.

PS2: An example is here: – but with a problem. You can cut the text 🙁

Best Solution

Use event.metaKey in the keydown event to check if ctrl (or cmd on mac) keys are being pressed. You also have to disable the cut and paste events.

  oncut="return false"
  onpaste="return false"
  onkeydown="if(event.metaKey) return true; return false;">
    content goes here