Depending on your operating system and version of Java, you can use the PIT cut, copy and paste buttons or (Unix and PC) keyboard shortcuts for editing.
PIT "Cut", "Copy" and "Paste" are icons/buttons that
perform editing functions on text in a text area box. Text area boxes are white areas in
which you can type text e.g. your SCIENTIFIC JUSTIFICATION or TECHNICAL JUSTIFICATION.
The Cut Button
The "Cut" button copies the current highlighted
text area (highlighted by clicking at the start of the text and dragging the cursor
over the text to be highlighted) to the clipboard and removes it from the current
highlighted location in the text area. The clipboard is an internal working area to the
PIT where cut and copied text are temporarily stored. Click on the link above to see an
example of a highlighted text area. Once removed, the cut text can be re-inserted anywhere
in the document using the "Paste" icon/button (see below). If the cut button is
clicked again, the buffer is overwritten and the previous selection is lost.
The Copy Button
The "Copy" button copies the current highlighted
text area to the clipboard but leaves the highlighted text in the document (unlike
"Cut" which removes it). Click on the link above to see an example of a
highlighted text area. The copied text can be inserted anywhere in the document using the
"Paste" icon/button (see below).
The Paste Button
The "Paste" button inserts the text currently on the clipboard into the text
area at the current location of the cursor. The text in the clipboard was placed there
using the "Cut" or "Copy" icon/buttons (see above). The text remains
on the clipboard to allow multiple copies of it to be placed in the document and is only
removed from it when new text is cut or copied onto the clipboard.
Due to differences in cut/paste buffers between the various operating systems with PIT releases and the Java Virtual Environment, cutting and pasting between external windows (e.g. xterms on Unix) and PIT text boxes (e.g. the scientific justification text window) does not behave as might be expected. Below are guidelines for the use of cut/paste between external windows/programs and PIT text boxes.
To cut from an xterm or edit window (emacs, vi etc) on a Unix machine and paste into a PIT text box, highlight the text in the xterm with the cursor (left button drag) and hit the 'Copy' button on the Sun keyboard (on the left side function pad). Go into the PIT text window where you want the text to be pasted and hit keyboard ctrl-v. The selection will be pasted into the PIT text box. This is the only cut/paste option that will work with the Unix/Solaris PIT distribution.
The keyboard shortcuts ctrl-x (cut), crtl-c (copy) and crtl-v (paste) work with Windows 95, 98, NT and 2000.