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I suppose you could have it pass in whatever was selected in general in any app (such as text highlighted in a web browser).

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Use Automator. Generate a .app. A keyboard shortcut can launch the app, and Automator knows how to grab the Finder selections, which it can then pass to the shell script.

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The easiest way to do this, assuming you're using Snow Leopard, is to create an automator service and assign a keyboard shortcut to it using System Preferences.

Here's a tutorial to get you started:

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