Selecting Text Again
One of the best summary posts I've read in answer to your question was recently given by David Chittenden on the viphone mailing list. I'll quote his response, and also provide the Mail Archive link to his post, with subject Re: Can I Capture the Text from an App's Help File? David wrote:
There are two ways to capture the text unless the text is blocked so it cannot.
- Set your rotor to characters, words, or lines. Touch part of the screen to bring VO focus to that part of the text. Double tap and hold (pass through) to highlight the particular text. Now, edit should be an option in your rotor. Select all, copy, open mail, create a new message, and paste the text.
- Rather than the pass through gesture, use the opening pinch gesture to highlight some text. All other gestures remain the same.
Note that the question was from someone who wanted to mail the copied text to herself. You can amend the directions to copy open a notes app instead of mail, and paste in the text. You can also use method 2 to exactly select the text that you want to copy, if you are very proficient with selection on the touch screen. However, it is probably easier to use the rotor to "Select all", then copy and paste your text into a notes app, where you can delete the parts you don't want.
I second that this hack is awesome! Geez, I would've never thought of it myself! Not sure if something a little more...ergonomic has been devised by the Apple folks since I last sent that message, but I tried it now and it still worked! Yay!