New Version of the Clipboard Specification

Patryk Zawadzki patrys at
Mon Jun 18 10:54:08 PDT 2007

On 6/18/07, John Tapsell <johnflux at> wrote:
> There is a restriction that apps cannot modify the clipboard if the
> user unselects something.
> Programs like Excel in Windows remove data from the clipboard when you
> unselect them.  presumably there is a good reason for this sort of
> behaviour.
> Is there a good reason to say applications MUST NOT modify the
> clipboard if the user unselects something?  If there's no technical
> reason, maybe downgrade this to SHOULD NOT?

What if another app already mangled the contents of your clipboard?

Patryk Zawadzki
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