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Re: Safe copy and paste with scripts

From: Jim Ley <jim@jibbering.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2006 10:18:07 -0000
Message-ID: <00a401c64107$434bb790$6201a8c0@Snufkin>
To: "'Web APIs WG'" <public-webapi@w3.org>

"Lachlan Hunt" <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
> Doug Schepers wrote:
>> I don't think that the risk of nasty hacks outweighs the utility of
>> clipboard access.
>
> Perhaps, but what are the use cases for giving the author access to my 
> clipboard?  I think the user already has sufficient control over the 
> clipboard to cut, copy and paste using a variety of methods including 
> keyboard shortcuts, context menus, Edit menu, etc.  Under what 
> circumstances would a) the author need access to the clipboard, and b) the 
> user grant such access?

The ability to copy non-visible things is very useful, the ability to copy a 
modified version i.e. the same motivation as a print stylesheet but for 
copy.

For example, the user copies their flight itinerary from 
www.virtuallythere.com, currently many things from it are not very useful, 
they contain links to irrelevant places in a text format, tidying it up into 
a regular text format would be a useful feature - I've done similar things 
with labelling applications etc. previously.

Cheers,

Jim. 
Received on Monday, 6 March 2006 10:18:57 GMT

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