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How to stop users selecting text in a UIWebView or WKWebView

Swift version: 5.0

Paul Hudson    @twostraws   

Using a web view to show rich media easily is a common thing to do, but by default users can select the text and that makes it look a little less like native code. To fix this, add the following CSS to the HTML you load, and users won't be able to select anything again:

<style type="text/css">
* {
    -webkit-touch-callout: none;
    -webkit-user-select: none;
}
</style>

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