This test is inspired by the Embedded Metadata Manifesto (EMM) tests of what happens to metadata in images uploaded to different social media sites and other web services. The EMM test includes saving an image from a web page to investigate what metadata it retains. This test looks at what happens when you instead copy the image and then paste it into another application instead of saving it.
Details on how this was tested was described in a previous post.
In this phase only the copy operation was tested, i.e. if any metadata was made available to paste in another application. What applications do when pasting an image containing metadata will be a future test.
Only a set of Linux applications was tested, all being the current builds in Ubuntu/Gnome 13.04.
None of the tested applications supported including metadata in the data copied to the clipboard. They dropped it in different ways, though.
Applications that allow images to be copied in formats that support metadata, but still does not include any:
- Firefox 22.0
- Gnome Image Viewer (eog) 3.6.2
- Gimp 2.8.4
- Inkscape 0.48
Applications that copies in formats that doesn’t support metadata at all:
- Chromium 28.0.1500.52
- LibreOffice 220.127.116.11