What is disableSelection used for in jQuery sortable?

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So, my question was whether someone could help me understand why is disableSelection useful and when to use it. The simple usage example of disableSelection is this:


The answer, by user kba, was that:

It’s useful if you want to make text unselectable. If, for instance, you want to make drag-and-drop elements with text on, it’d be annoying to the user if the text on the box accidentally would get selected when trying to drag the box.

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