New Version of the Clipboard Specification
thiago at kde.org
Mon Jun 18 13:43:12 PDT 2007
John Tapsell 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
That's because Excel is broken and can't represent its clipboard without a
We shouldn't copy its brokenness.
>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?
Because unselecting doesn't mean clearing the clipboard. That's not what
the user expects.
I'd say it's a "MUST NOT" except when the application has a pretty good
reason to do so (like an Excel-like limitation). Is there any keyword
that is almost as strong as MUST NOT? Is that SHOULD NOT?
Thiago Macieira - thiago (AT) macieira.info - thiago (AT) kde.org
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