Copy text from messages

Currently, it isn't possible to select a message and copy it to the clipboard on Android. I would enjoy if messages were selectable so that copying is possible.

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9 months ago
9 months ago

~emersion 9 months ago

Yeah, this is a common complain and definitely something we'd want to fix.

We'll probably need https://api.flutter.dev/flutter/material/SelectableText/SelectableText.rich.html

I had plans to add a long-click action on messages to add a menu with details, and selectable text would badly interact with that, but we can cross that bridge when we get to it.

~handlerug 9 months ago

The behavior Telegram for Android implements is:

  • Single tap opens the menu
  • Long-press enters the message selection mode (automatically selecting the message pressed)
    • Once a message is selected, long-pressing again will select the text inside, and a single tap will unselect it

Element for Android doesn't do anything on a single tap and instead opens the menu on long press. WhatsApp doesn't do anything on a single tap either, but enters the selection mode on long press instead. Not sure about Signal.

~emersion 9 months ago

Signal ignores single tap, opens a menu on long tap, but still doesn't allow to select text (😥), instead has a menu to copy the whole message.

~emersion 9 months ago

See #48 for the issue about the message menu.

~emersion REPORTED CLOSED 9 months ago

Simon Ser referenced this ticket in commit d4e81cb.

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