[linux-elitists] Jef Raskin's "Calculate", or, "save an F key for eval"

Don Marti dmarti@zgp.org
Fri Mar 4 11:09:59 PST 2005

Jef Raskin wrote,

  All that is really needed on computers is a
  "Calculate" button or omnipresent menu command that
  allows you to take an arithmetic expression, like
  248.93 / 375, select it, and do the calculation
  whether in the word processor, communications
  package, drawing or presentation application or
  just at the desktop level.


That's a really great idea, so I'm going to publish
this Real Working Implementation before some patent
bandit does.

  xte 'keydown Control_L' 'key c' 'keyup Control_L' && \
  perl -e 'print eval `xsel -b -o`' | xsel -b -i  && \
  xte 'keydown Control_L' 'key v' 'keyup Control_L'

(That is, copy the selected text into the X clipboard
selection, do a Perl "eval" on the clipboard selection
and replace the contents of the clipboard selection
with the results, then do a paste.)

I now have this bound to the "Access IBM" button on
a ThinkPad.  And another way to do it is here,


along with links for where to get xte and xsel.

Don Marti

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