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Multi-touch Gestures: Copy & Paste

The demo is fake, but the proposal for a multi-touch gesture for copy and paste is real. Will users take the time to learn these new gestures? Doug Engelbart thought so, as does Bill Buxton. A little time invested results in a life time of value. It’s the problem of single stroke short hand— or writing with a stylus on a PDA all over again. Graffiti never really caught on, although I kind of liked it. How do we get beyond the keyboard? There are some general functions like “copy and paste” that we need to bring along with us. Ray Ozzie’s Web copy and paste idea seemed very promising, and then it just disappeared. But the key here is “copy and paste” without a mouse or keyboard.