Copy and Paste from internet but gaving troulbe with date

July 5, 2019 at 09:42:31
Specs: LINUX MINT 18, I3

I'm using Linux Mint 18 and when I copy a newspaper article or general article that I wish to keep I can not get Libreoffice writer, 6.07.03, in the format option, to copy the date of the article. Everything else gets copied but just not the date of the article. If I use the paste special, unformat option then it copies with the date but then I have to do all the formatting which can be time consuming.

Does anyone why why this occurs, I've tried looking all over the place to find a reason with no luck. I also have tried to see if Linux Mint has a keyboard option to put in the system date with no luck as well. Sure appreciate any help/suggestions,

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July 5, 2019 at 10:00:01
I gather you're accessing the newspaper/general article with a browser...

Which browser? And what is the url of the page in question?

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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July 5, 2019 at 23:08:31
Web pages have become so enormously bloated over the last
couple of decades that I've pretty much given up trying to analyze
them, but I would be inclined to hunt for the date in the HTML and
look for whatever makes it different from the rest of the text. It may
be generated by a PHP script or some such, rather than being part
of the text at all.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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July 6, 2019 at 00:15:32
It might be easier to print the page as a PDF document rather than copy/pasting it.

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July 6, 2019 at 10:19:09

Thanks for your reply.

I'm using Firefox version 67.0.4 and in terms of "url of the page in question" it would be everything on the net. When I copy and paste it never copies the date. I forgot to mention that after I paste the article I can go back to the webpage and highlight only the date and then copy and paste and then it pastes into the Libreoffice writer page. It drives me crazy, how can that be? Do you know any keyboard pastes of the stsyem date that I could use?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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July 6, 2019 at 12:43:58
By "system date" do you mean the current date that your
computer is set to? If that is good enough, can't you just
type the date yourself?

What do you mean by "everything on the net"? Can't you
give a specific example of a URL that has this problem?

The problem is with a specific website, right? Each website
can put a date anywhere on a page they like, in any format
they like, or not put a date on the page at all. If I put the date
in this post: July 7, 2017, you will not have any problem
copying it as long as you can copy the rest of the post.

Where is the date located on the specific web pages giving
you the problem? At the top of the page? At the beginning
of each news article? I expect that dates on the articles you
are copying are handled separately from the rest of the text.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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