When will we have a clipboard that works?

John L Fjellstad john-ubuntu at fjellstad.org
Thu Nov 23 08:07:51 UTC 2006

Mario Vukelic <mario.vukelic at dantian.org> writes:

> I don't think that is even possible. The applications need pretty deep
> knowledge about the data structures. E.g. you copy a bunch of cells in
> gnumeric - I think gnumeric has to tell the clipboard manager its data
> structure and how to degrade it (e.g., when pasting into gedit). I'm
> not sure I know what I'm talking about, but in any case data structure
> knowledge is required somewhere, and a degradation policy.

Haven't look at the X clipboard code, but I would think it would expect
a standard format, and it's up the applications to provide the data in
this format.  The clipboard manager really shouldn't have to understand
the data.

John L. Fjellstad
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