MVVM- How can I bind to a property, which is not a DependancyProperty?

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Published on 2010-04-05T16:52:57Z Indexed on 2010/04/05 17:33 UTC
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I have found this question http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2245928/mvvm-and-the-textboxs-selectedtext-property. However, I am having trouble getting the solution given to work. This is my non-working code:

View:

SelectedText and Text are just string properties from my ViewModel.

<TextBox Text="{Binding Path=Text, UpdateSourceTrigger=PropertyChanged}"  Height="155" HorizontalAlignment="Left" Margin="68,31,0,0" Name="textBox1" VerticalAlignment="Top" Width="264" AcceptsReturn="True" AcceptsTab="True" local:TextBoxHelper.SelectedText="{Binding SelectedText, UpdateSourceTrigger=PropertyChanged}" />
        <TextBox Text="{Binding SelectedText, Mode=OneWay, UpdateSourceTrigger=PropertyChanged}" Height="154" HorizontalAlignment="Left" Margin="82,287,0,0" Name="textBox2" VerticalAlignment="Top" Width="239" />

TextBoxHelper

 public static class TextBoxHelper
{
    #region "Selected Text"
    public static string GetSelectedText(DependencyObject obj)
    {
        return (string)obj.GetValue(SelectedTextProperty);
    }

    public static void SetSelectedText(DependencyObject obj, string value)
    {
        obj.SetValue(SelectedTextProperty, value);
    }

    // Using a DependencyProperty as the backing store for SelectedText.  This enables animation, styling, binding, etc...
    public static readonly DependencyProperty SelectedTextProperty =
        DependencyProperty.RegisterAttached(
            "SelectedText",
            typeof(string),
            typeof(TextBoxHelper),
            new FrameworkPropertyMetadata(null, FrameworkPropertyMetadataOptions.BindsTwoWayByDefault, SelectedTextChanged));

    private static void SelectedTextChanged(DependencyObject obj, DependencyPropertyChangedEventArgs e)
    {
        TextBox tb = obj as TextBox;
        if (tb != null)
        {
            if (e.OldValue == null && e.NewValue != null)
            {
                tb.SelectionChanged += tb_SelectionChanged;
            }
            else if (e.OldValue != null && e.NewValue == null)
            {
                tb.SelectionChanged -= tb_SelectionChanged;
            }

            string newValue = e.NewValue as string;

            if (newValue != null && newValue != tb.SelectedText)
            {
                tb.SelectedText = newValue as string;
            }
        }
    }

    static void tb_SelectionChanged(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
    {
        TextBox tb = sender as TextBox;
        if (tb != null)
        {
            SetSelectedText(tb, tb.SelectedText);
        }
    }
    #endregion

}

What am I doing wrong?

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