GNOME and the way forward
Posted Aug 18, 2005 3:22 UTC (Thu) by hp
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For the specific example you cite (clipboard, cut-and-paste) there are guidelines that pretty much everyone has agreed on:
These guidelines are believed to spell out the intent of the ICCCM version 2 from 1994. So blaming GNOME isn't really accurate. The cut buffers you mention were considered deprecated in the ICCCM at that time, replaced by the CLIPBOARD selection for a variety of reasons.
All the recent GNOME/KDE/Mozilla/OO.org stuff works the same way as documented at the above URL, modulo any remaining bugs but my experience is that stuff follows the guidelines. Even on old UNIX systems, there were a number of apps that used these cut-and-paste guidelines, they are not exactly new.
Finally, as documented in the first point in the GTK+ 2.0 release notes in 2002, there is a config option to turn off the select-text-on-focus behavior and the ctrl+c/ctrl+v keybindings if you like.
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