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Clipboard paradigms based on content comparison and usage rules.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000225706D
Publication Date: 2013-Feb-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 19K

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Abstract

Clipboard content is simply comparable and a differentiation can be calculated. A lightweight approach is proposed where a decision about overwriting previous content is based on comparison of previous clipboard content and a new value comparison result.

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Clipboard paradigms based on content comparison and usage rules .

The clipboard improves user interactions with operating system as short-term data storage or data transfer between documents or applications. The default functionality can be extended with clipboard managers, which allow to:


1. Multiple buffers and the ability to merge, split, and edit their contents


2. Handling formatted text, tabular data, data objects, media content, and URLs


3. Saving copied data to long term storage


4. Indexing or tagging of clipped data

5. Searching of saved data


The limitation of extended clipboard occurs when user accidentally pastes new content to clipboard and overwrites previous one. In this case previously stored clipboard content is overwritten or moved to different buffer or history. To obtain previous clipboard content, user need to perform additional step i.e. review clipboard history, switch to different clipboard buffer. Additional effort limits usability and simplicity of clipboard mechanism.

The limitation can be addressed with the disclosed solution. Clipboard content is simply comparable and differentiation can be calculated. A lightweight approach is proposed where a decision about overwriting previous content or not is based on comparison previous clipboard content and new value comparison result.

Old scenario:


1. User selects fragment and copies to clipboard (i.e. Ctr-C)

2. User selects other fragment and accidentally copies to clipboard (i.e. Ctr-C) instead of pasting (i.e. Ctr-V)

3. The previous clipboard content is overwritten or moved to history or different buffer

4. User search clipboard history or different buffers to find previously stored clipboard content

New scenario


1. User selects fragment and copies to clipboard (i.e. Ctr-C)

2. User selects other fragment and accidentally tries to copy to clipboard (i.e. Ctr-C) instead of pasting (i.e. Ctr-V)


3. Clipboard manager compares previous content with currently copied.

a. If small difference (i.e. 10% like reselecting text fragment when...