[Annoyances] X-Windows Copy & Paste
linas at linas.org
Fri Aug 22 16:54:40 EEST 2003
I am very surprised by your remarks:
> ALL apps should have an explicit copy operation.
I couldn't disagree more. At best, 'copy' might be needed for
complex structured copies, where you want to copy text AND a graphic
in one go. Implicit copies are possible and (can be made to) work
fine in almost all other cases.
> This is the way it works in windows quite apparently and people are
> quite happy with that solution.
Maybe you don't actually use windows :-)
This is one of the worst features in windows. Cut-n-paste is
fundamentally mis-designed in windows. I suspect its was
intentionally mis-designed, in order to side-step possible
infringement claims during the 1980's MS-vs-Apple GUI technology
MS made a number of really bad GUI decisions in that era, just
so that they could say they are different. They then maintained
compatibility with these mis-features over the years. For example,
the broken windows scrollbar. It is so crappily broken that it
needed the wheel-mouse to be invented to make it usable in the
'human factors' sense.
Lets not wait for the 'cut-n-paste' mouse geegaw to be invented.
Lets not try to emulate the worst in Windows.
> I highly doubt that. The only advantage is that you don't have to press a
> key to copy, and that's a very dubious advantage.
Your remarks only serve to reveal that you almost never use cut-n-paste.
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