Wiring the Web
Live Clipboard is an extensible data format and set of UI technologies used to support copy/paste operations between web applications in browsers, and between web and desktop applications. Unlike the typical copy/paste experience in browsers, the Live Clipboard mechanism never needs to display a security dialog to the end user, thus delivering a more streamlined user experience.
Let’s say you have two sites both of which understand calendar data. I want to move an appointment from one site to another. With Live Clipboard, there is now an icon on each site, next to each piece of data that can be transported. Bring site A to the front, click on the icon and choose Copy, then bring site B to the front, click on the icon and choose Paste.
In much the same way that the community is aiming to standardize on the icon for RSS feeds, I believe that a similar, standardized icon for Live Clipboard items will help promote its use.
The icons available here are inspired by the RSS icons, and are meant to complement them. I’m also indebited to Matt Brett and his work promoting the RSS icons at feedicons.com, which was part of the inspiration for this site.