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Re: [clipboard] Add RTF to the "mandatory data types" list?

From: James M. Greene <james.m.greene@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:44:39 -0500
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Does anyone else have input for/against this? Please chime in. Thanks!

Sincerely,
    James Greene



On Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 6:57 AM, James Greene <james.m.greene@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Oh, and I should also mention that the Flash Player clipboard (which we
> are trying to kill) supports plain text, HTML, and RTF, as well as custom
> "application-defined" data types.
>
>
> http://help.adobe.com/en_US/FlashPlatform/reference/actionscript/3/flash/desktop/Clipboard.html
>  On Oct 17, 2013 5:44 AM, "James Greene" <james.m.greene@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Would it be possible to add RTF (MIME type of "application/rtf") [1] to
>> the "mandatory data types" [2] list?
>>
>> While it is a proprietary file format held by Microsoft, it also has
>> public specs [3][4] and is designed for cross-platform interchange of text
>> and graphics.
>>
>> More importantly, I speculate that it is one of the top three types of
>> text formats that people copy-and-paste: plain text, RTF, and HTML. It is
>> also supported, or at least readable, by almost every word processing
>> application ever made: Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, WordPad, OpenOffice,
>> FreeOffice, LibreOffice, etc. This is not limited to desktop office
>> application either, however, as RTF is also supported by online solutions
>> such as Google Docs, Zoho Docs, etc.
>>
>> With all that in mind, it definitely seems like it should be on the
>> "mandatory data types" list.
>>
>> Are there any legal roadblocks to making a proprietary data format a
>> mandatory type? Are there any other reasons why people think that RTF
>> should be excluded from the list?
>>
>> Please let me know and/or discuss.  Thanks!
>>
>> [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_Text_Format
>> [2] http://www.w3.org/TR/clipboard-apis/#mandatory-data-types-1
>> [3] RTF spec v1.8
>> http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=7105
>> [4] RTF spec v1.9.1
>> http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=10725
>>
>>
>> Sincerely,
>>     James Greene
>>
>>
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