command-click on a word

Timothy Miller gandalf at doctorTimothyMiller.com
Mon Oct 1 17:40:41 EDT 2012


Thanks Peter and Craig,

Good thoughts, but I wasn't thinking of either one of those things. I am aware of the new LC text property that makes spell check possible in LC, I have looked at the spell-checker in the LC store, and I do remember the HC command-key feature. (Heck, my Atari 64 seems like just yesterday!) You've probably overestimated me. My question was much dumber than that.

I'm just wondering two things. Is command-clickng on a hilited word an OS thing, or does each application implement this feature independently? If it's an OS thing, it might not be not very hard to implement. In that case why doesn't LC do it? I.e., not just spell-check but all those other cute tricks -- look up on google, look up in the dictionary, cut, copy, etc? 

Cheers,

Tim


On Oct 1, 2012, at 12:28 PM, Peter Haworth wrote:

> Hi Tim,
> There was a similar discussion a few months back regarding the spell
> checking ability built into an OS, specifically OSX.  The outcome of that
> was simply that LC doesn't provide a way to hook into it so I think the
> answer to your question would be the same.
> 
> There is a third party spell checker application available on the RunRev
> store but I don;t remember seeing anything for the feature you mentioned.
> 
> Pete
> lcSQL Software <http://www.lcsql.com>
> 
> 
> 
> On Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM, Timothy Miller <
> gandalf at doctortimothymiller.com> wrote:
> 
>> I'm not writing to complain about an absent feature. Mostly just curious,
>> and maybe I'll learn something useful.
>> 
>> In recent years, I've come to take it for granted that I can hilite a word
>> and command-click on it to get a pop-up dialog box with items like "cut"
>> "copy" "look up in dictionary" and so on. The specific items depend on the
>> application, but the dialog box usually looks the same.
>> 
>> A few minutes ago, I tried this in a text field an a LC stack and thought,
>> "Hey, why doesn't that work!?" Then I remembered that LC doesn't do that,
>> as far as I know. Yet I have the impression that this is an OS function
>> that any application could invoke.
>> 
>> So, my question: Is this an OS function? If so, why doesn't LC take
>> advantage of it?
>> 
>> I suppose it could be scripted. Is there an LC add-on that conveniently
>> adds this functionality? Or maybe there's a simple LC command I don't know
>> about?
>> 
>> Cheers,
>> 
>> Tim
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