[duxhelp] Re: File Open, file types

  • From: Melissa Hirshson <lissa@xxxxxxx>
  • To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2004 13:13:20 -0400

I've noticed that many programs default to either view all files or view just extensions. You can change this once you hit file open, but you can't change the default, I don't think. It would be nice if the industry would let the user decide which one they prefer (just a general comment, nothing about Duxbury particularly).

Lissa

Peter Sullivan wrote:

Jan & Lissa,

I'm glad to see some of the trancriber community weighing in on this one.

Lissa isn't the only one that uses non-standard extensions.  They are in
common use in France to distinguish between braille files encoded as North
American ASCII equivalents (.brf files) and braille files encoded with a
French system (.bff files, as I recall).

Lissa and I had come to an agreement some time ago that her non-standard
extensions could be part of the "DBT can open these" list of extensions,
assuming that she doesn't mind NBP trade-secret extension lists becoming
public knowledge.

Or what we might aim to do is to allow a local option to define the
extension list in an external file.  This, in combination with George's
suggestion to make the "Show files of type" list stick to its last-selected
value, could make everybody happy.

But I'd still need to know what is the most agreeable general list of "File
extensions that DBT can open".  Perhaps I should take first crack at
definining it.  (It's just a bit busy today.)

- Peter

-----Original Message-----
From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of JAN CARROLL
Sent: Friday, June 11, 2004 11:44 AM
To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [duxhelp] Re: File Open, file types

Why would you want to use nonstandard file extensions. That is scarey. I
also want the file extensions to be associated with its program that created
it.


Not sure if I am understanding this thread of extensions but I want to see
DXP in print, DXB in braille and I want to be able to choose in a drop box
All Files if i want. I believe 10.4 is already doing this.




lissa@xxxxxxx 6/11/2004 11:17:30 AM >>>


No! Some of us use non-standard extensions and would hate to see them
disappear from the File Open list.

Lissa

Peter Sullivan wrote:



Jack,

The point I'm trying to get across on this thread is that it's very easy to fix, but hard to define.

At the same time, remembering the "last file extension" filter, as George suggested, would mitigate the need to be exacting in the definition, because users for whom the definition is overly restrictive


could select "all files"


and rest assured that it would stay that way.

- Peter

-----Original Message-----
From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jack Maartman
Sent: Friday, June 11, 2004 11:12 AM
To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [duxhelp] Re: File Open, file types


Definitely. Is this the same kind of behaviour we see in giants, like MSWord or WordPerfect. Would this be easy to fix, without rewriting the entire source code.

Regars to all

Jack

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ian Robinson" <ian@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "List DBTBeta" <duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, June 11, 2004 2:54 AM
Subject: [duxhelp] File Open, file types






Hi,

The File Open dialogue currently shows all files. Does anyone else agree that it would be better if it only showed those file types that can be opened by DBT?

In the event that a user does try to open, for example, a .xls file, no error message is displayed. The file just fails to open.

Cheers.

Ian


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