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Re: Spec review request: CSV on the Web

From: Noah Mendelsohn <nrm@arcanedomain.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:34:37 -0400
Message-ID: <55352A9D.3030206@arcanedomain.com>
To: Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>
CC: Dan Brickley <danbri@google.com>, Paul Libbrecht <paul@hoplahup.net>, Jeni Tennison <jeni@jenitennison.com>, Public TAG List <www-tag@w3.org>, "public-csv-wg@w3.org" <public-csv-wg@w3.org>
On 4/19/2015 8:03 PM, Tim Berners-Lee wrote:
>   I would like to get up to date in clipboard formats -- they are an
> interesting and powerful part of these systems, especially when there is
> set of smart coercions between them.  We we just discussing in the team the
> pasting of HTML into a spreadsheet as a very useful case.  It can be very
> frustrating to have an over-cute system too, like one which won't let you
> paste a plain URI into a HTML document without pasting the remembered link
> contents.  Where is there a good summary of the pasteboard formats in the
> various OSs?

Indeed. I know that on Windows the clipboard stuff was extensively reworked 
for the introduction of OLE 2.0 technology in the early 1990s. Note that 
clipboard formats are also used on Windows for drag and drop. Yes, 
spreadsheet import of HTML is very useful. I do it (well, try it) quite often.

Not sure this is the latest, but this link appears to point to the 
information you'd want on Windows clipboard formats:

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ms649013%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

Note that the system automatically provides certain conversions, including 
some involving locale-sensitive conversions between text and Unicode. If 
the application puts one on the clipboard, both appear to apps that paste 
or drop.

Noah

Noah
Received on Monday, 20 April 2015 16:35:06 UTC

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