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March 9, 2006 |


Ray Ozzie whose Groovenet Networks was acquired by Microsoft about a year ago, also know as "The Creator of Lotus Notes" has demoed an interesting concept at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference this week.

Ozzies' idea is to have Copy And Paste JavaScript powered XML allowing users to copy and paste XML meta data from site to site from site to pc or vice versa. The idea is simple enough, use JavaScript to trigger events as XML data is read from or posted to the clipboard. Ozzie is calling it Live Clipboard to coincide with Microsoft Live efforts. I'd like to call it CAPJAPOX :).
The implementation is browser independent. Independent as in works on Firefox too. The prototype Ozzie demoed is released under a shared commons license. There is an actual working demo page and there are some videos on line. The videos deal with mock-ups, so I doubt if there is any working technology behind them. Still as an idea its concept is interesting. There is also Ozzies’ own lengthy blog entry about the concept, wiring the web.
The excitement of linking two web pages by copy and paste is in my point of view somewhat of an illusion. Live Clipboard is only the user interface for this. It leaves the trouble of standardization and interfacing out of the loop. Services have to implement the details of the live clipboard themselves (or probably they have to buy an expensive Microsoft development tool that does automate this task under the hood). The fun bit is yes, you can actually copy calendar appointments from one social calendar to another if they both implement the clipboard and have compatible interfaces.
So we will see how Microsoft is going to support this concept of Ozzie, for now it still leaves the standards and protocol issue in the middle while I would dearly see a simple solution to copy and paste web data between web applications. But the work has to be done in the trenches and we have to connect API to API ourselves for quite some time. There is a detailed write up about the session here on O'Reilly Radar.



March 16, 2006 3:51 PM

Wow. This is awesome. I already have a couple uses for it where I work.

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