Compare with Clipboard

When is this option in the editor popup menu enabled?
I have textual data in the clipboard but the options is still
disabled.

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IIRC, you need to select some text to be compared with the clipboard data.

Tom

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IIRC, you need to select some text to be compared with the clipboard data.

True. A known bug for 1 1/2 years:
http://www.jetbrains.net/jira/browse/IDEABKL-1990

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Hello Stephen,

>> IIRC, you need to select some text to be compared with the clipboard
>> data.
>>
SK> True. A known bug for 1 1/2 years:
SK> http://www.jetbrains.net/jira/browse/IDEABKL-1990

I wonder why you consider it a bug. The action works as designed - it compares
the clipboard with the editor selection.

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Dmitry Jemerov
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Dmitry Jemerov (JetBrains) wrote:
>>> IIRC, you need to select some text to be compared with the clipboard
>>> data.
>>>

SK> True. A known bug for 1 1/2 years:
SK> http://www.jetbrains.net/jira/browse/IDEABKL-1990

I wonder why you consider it a bug. The action works as designed - it compares
the clipboard with the editor selection.


It would be nice if the action would compare with the entire file if
nothing is selected. For some reason I often compare files using
"Compare with Clipboard", and this would save me a Ctrl+A.

Bas

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Dmitry Jemerov (JetBrains) wrote:

I wonder why you consider it a bug. The action works as designed - it
compares the clipboard with the editor selection.

Well, ok, so strictly speaking it's not-a-bug because it works as designed.
Still IMHO it is a usability bug:
- When I first noticed the context menu item I had no idea why it was disabled
(and it seems I am not the only one).
- The status bar text (on mouse over menu item) is much too hard to discover.
- The text reads "Compare with Clipboard" not "Compare Selection with Clipboard"
so it gives the impression that it applies to the file.
- It appears just below items that do apply to the whole file (Local History,
Subversion).
To me this is probably the strongest source of misunderstanding.
- Other items are frequently enabled, even when they are not currently applicable
and give an error message when invoked in an inappropriate context
(e.g. refactor->rename). Those at least gives a clear indication why it
doesn't work (as opposed to just being inaccessible).
So this is an inconsistency in Idea's UI.
- Besides it would be very Idea-like to make a feature work in any context
it can sensibly work instead of forcing the user to do unnecessary extra steps.

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Dmitry Jemerov (JetBrains) wrote:

I wonder why you consider it a bug. The action works as designed - it
compares the clipboard with the editor selection.


Other actions are designed to work without any selection (ctrl-c, etc.), so it's
reasonable to consider this a (design) bug as well ;)

Sascha

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So wording should be change to "Compare selection with clipboard"
or make it work without any selection (preferred).

Thanks to all your replies as I now could use this function :)

Dmitry Jemerov (JetBrains) schrieb:

Hello Stephen,

>>> IIRC, you need to select some text to be compared with the clipboard
>>> data.
>>>

SK> True. A known bug for 1 1/2 years:
SK> http://www.jetbrains.net/jira/browse/IDEABKL-1990

I wonder why you consider it a bug. The action works as designed - it
compares the clipboard with the editor selection.

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