[ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: mintty 2.9.4

Achim Gratz Stromeko@nexgo.de
Tue Nov 13 18:31:00 GMT 2018

Thomas Wolff writes:
> OK, it shall be made configurable. But please describe in which ways
> workflows are broken and how / in which application HTML tables (HTML
> source?) would appear.

I commonly paste things from MinTTY into our Wiki editor (in the
browser), which choses the advertised HTML as the "obviously better" and
then screws up royally since for whatever unfathomable reason it gets
the text wrapped in an HTML table.  I'd have to switch to source view to
erase the markup I didn't even want in the first place.  So at the
moment I paste into Emacs (which uses the text selection), re-select it
there and then paste it back into the Wiki as text.

Whatever you'd think of "rich text conveyed as HTML", a HTML table is
certainly not the right thing to use in any case.  HTML actually is an
anathema for visual formatting if the goal was to have the pasted stuff
look like it did in the terminal window.

> Of course plain text clipboard format is still supplied (multiple
> formats can be copied to the Windows clipboard at the same time,
> otherwise I wouldn't have enabled this by default), and the assumption
> was that an application pasting plain text from the Windows clipboard
> would still retrieve that.

There are many applications that simply don't give you the option to
chose from such multi-typed selections (which makes it even more
important that the application capable of producing them can be
configured).  In fact, the only ones I know of are MS Office and then
they don't always give you that choice in an unobtrusive or convenient
way and sometimes not at all depending on context.

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