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Message Posted: Fri, 04 Feb 2005 @ 10:09:30 GMT
I'm sure Mike would respond to this but as he had already answered this question in the past, perhaps even a few times in different threads, and I am a few hours ahead of him and still remember his answers I venture to replicate them.
The behavior you described was introduced in SQL some time around version 6 (don't take my word for it, though). You can copy the whole "object" with all its attributes in Windows sense: Excel cell, Word table, perhaps even a picture in JPG format. I must admit I learned about this feature from the forum because I usually don't try anything beyond notepad and vi when I work with SQLA, and the new feature did not occur to me. The following thing I remember from Mike's answer is that there are a number of releases of SQLA where you cannot switch off this feature and just have to be careful with copying objects. I don't know whether there is already one where you can switch this on and off.
I understand there could be a few good reasons to have this feature, beyond playing with Excel and JPGs. For example, Unicode support could become easier?
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