fromclip([ncol]), ncol > 0 an integer |

y <- fromclip() does a vecread() from CLIPBOARD, creating a REAL vector y. y <- fromclip(ncol) is equivalent to matrix(fromclip(),ncol)', where ncol is an integer. This creates a REAL matrix with ncol columns and makes most sense if the contents of CLIPBOARD are arranged in ncol columns as they would be after CLIPBOARD <- x, where x is a matrix with ncol columns. In the Macintosh, Windows and Motif versions, fromclip() allows easy importing of data from other applications such as a spreadsheet. For example, if you have Copied to the Clipboard a 10 by 5 rectangle of spreadsheet cells containing numbers, or 10 lines of a 5 column numerical table in a word processor or editor, x <- fromclip(5) will create a 10 by 5 REAL matrix consisting of the data copied. fromclip() is implemented as a pre-defined macro. See also topic clipreaddata().

Gary Oehlert 2003-01-15