So this post Interesting Developments with Microformats from Mozilla and Microsoft at wizardishungryblog brings up the Live Clipboard support in Operator. I thought I would use this post to talk a little about Live Clipboard – what it is and why it is in Operator.
For those that don’t know, at its core, Live Clipboard is an XML wrapper around particular microformats that allows those microformats to be easily exchanged between applications. There is more to it than that, but I’ll leave that investigation up to the reader. What Operator supports is copying the hCard and hCalendar microformats to the Live Clipboard.
But if Live Clipboard is successful, support is already available in Operator, so there is no need to update existing websites, except to add microformats (which you should be doing anyway).
Incidentally, the first application to support Live Clipboard (for hCalendar at least) is Microsoft’s Windows Live Writer. A plugin has been created called Event Plugin that adds Live Clipboard support. Using this plugin, we can immediately see the benefit of Live Clipboard support in Operator.
The Event Plugin is designed to connect to eventful.com – it provides the ability to search eventful.com from within Windows Live Writer. Because of the Live Clipboard support in Operator, I can go to any site that has an event marked up using the hCalendar microformat and paste it into Windows Live Writer:
That event came from upcoming.org. (I’m using Windows Live Writer to write this post.)
So the final question then is why did I choose to add Live Clipboard support to Operator? The answer is because I could. Adding Live Clipboard required literally no effort at all and I thought it was an interesting feature to have. The Live Clipboard can be used to show Operator integration with Windows Live Writer as well as the live Clipboard demos. My goal was to show microformats interacting with various web APIs and Live Clipboard is one of those APIs.
Up next: adding new microformats to Operator.