When will we have a clipboard that works?

ruscook ruscook_oz at yahoo.com.au
Thu Nov 23 08:10:16 UTC 2006

On Thu, 2006-11-23 at 08:05 +0100, Mario Vukelic wrote:

> On Thu, 2006-11-23 at 17:19 +1100, ruscook wrote:
> > I would expect the clipboard to be managed by the window manager and
> > therefore be application independent. 
> 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. 

Ahh yes this is probably the flaw in my viewpoint :-)  There has to be
SOME cooperation between OS/Window Mgr and Apps though to make this as
seamless as possible. After all it is one thing Windows does reasonably
well (from an end user perspective)..

> IIRC this page explains a lot about the intricacies
> http://gcm.sourceforge.net/

Thanks I'll have a gander.

Kind Regards Russell
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