A module for accessing and manipulating X Window's mouse selection (the buffer used in copy and pasting). getSelection and putSelection are adaptations of Hxsel.hs and Hxput.hs from the XMonad-utils, available:
$ darcs get <http://gorgias.mine.nu/repos/xmonad-utils>
Add import XMonad.Util.XSelection to the top of Config.hs Then make use of getSelection or promptSelection as needed; if one wanted to run Firefox with the selection as an argument (perhaps the selection string is an URL you just highlighted), then one could add to the xmonad.hs a line like thus:
, ((modMask .|. shiftMask, xK_b), promptSelection "firefox")
There are a number of known problems with XSelection:
|getSelection :: MonadIO m => m String|
|Returns a String corresponding to the current mouse selection in X; if there is none, an empty string is returned. Note that this is really only reliable for ASCII text and currently escapes or otherwise mangles more complex UTF-8 characters.|
|promptSelection :: String -> X ()|
A wrapper around getSelection. Makes it convenient to run a program with the current selection as an argument. This is convenient for handling URLs, in particular. For example, in your Config.hs you could bind a key to promptSelection "firefox"; this would allow you to highlight a URL string and then immediately open it up in Firefox.
promptSelection passes strings through the system shell, /bin/sh; if you do not wish your selected text to be interpreted or mangled by the shell, use safePromptSelection. safePromptSelection will bypass the shell using safeSpawn from XMonad.Util.Run; see its documentation for more details on the advantages and disadvantages of using safeSpawn.
|safePromptSelection :: String -> X ()|
|putSelection :: MonadIO m => String -> m ()|
|Set the current X Selection to a specified string.|
|Produced by Haddock version 0.8|