Until now Table2Clipboard has pasted to clipboard the structure of HTML tables without the styles (colors, borders, fonts) but many users have asked me that the behavior was much more similar to that of Internet Explorer (IE) which indeed maintains many details.
Well, the version 1.0 preserves the styles and in certain cases the result is better than that obtained with IE.
IE inserts also the DOM elements declared “not visible”, for example the table shown in Figure 1 is pasted in Excel as shown in Figure 2.
Table selection on Internet Explorer
Copy from Internet Explorer paste to Microsoft Excel
Table2Clipboard discards hidden DOM elements as shown in Figure 3, this makes more sense for me.
Copy from Firefox with Table2Clipboard paste to Microsoft Excel
Other little improvements
Now web links are copied and user can choose to copy images (tag IMG), too.
All defaults settings can be modified from configuration dialog.
The copy of styles on OpenOffice doesn’t work as well as the one on Microsoft products.
The “Paste Special” feature available on OpenOffice doesn’t recognize CSS styles but only deprecated tags like FONT.
I will add support for OpenOffice soon but I prefer the “release early release often” (after a year??? :P) approach so this version has poor styles support on the popular open source office automation suite.
Compatibility issues with Thunderbird 3.x are now fixed.