Currently, if you drag a browser text selection into Tinderbox the result depends on where the item is dropped:
- View pane:
Onto the background (regardless of whether a note is selected). A new note is created with the dragged text. If there is more than one sentence it is used for the $Name of the note or the $Name is the whole drag-text. The whole dragged text is also used for the new note’s $Text (source formatting is not retained). No $URL is set.
Onto a note (regardless of whether a note is selected). The same occurs but the new note is added as a child of the dropped-upon note.
- Text pane:
No note selected. The drop is not accepted.
Text area of a selected note. The text is added to the $Text at the location of the cursor when dropped. The dropped text retains source style†. There is no way to drop-and-match style. The source URL is used to set $URL; if $URL is already populated for that note it is left unchanged‡. Dropping content on the Displayed Attributes table of the note (if there is one) has no result.
This is the behaviour as (re-)tested in v8.9.1. I would agree that in the former case - dragging onto the view, it makes sense not to use the URL. We know the URL data is in the drag payload given the behaviour if dropped on the text area. Given the source of the data, there seems no real gain in not using the available URL info (and perhaps setting as a Displayed Attribute so it is available for immediate use).
†. If you need to shed the source (i.e. web page) text styling use Copy (⌘+C) → Paste-and-Match-Style (⌘+⌥+⇧+V)
‡. Note that dragging a browser’s current URL onto a $URL in Displayed Attributes will set it (see more).
Edit: added note re pasting with/without style.