Native unix style paths in wine common dialogs

Dimitrie O. Paun dpaun at
Tue Jan 4 11:35:31 CST 2005

On Tue, Jan 04, 2005 at 05:29:10PM +0000, Mike Hearn wrote:
> On Tue, 2005-01-04 at 12:11 -0500, Dimitrie O. Paun wrote:
> > Actually, there are two independent issues here:
> >   1. How paths are presented to the user
> >      This is user preference, and should be a registry setting
> Yeah. It'd be nice to improve this, but we're limited by the dumb design
> of the open dialog API. We can't change its UI design very much and we
> can't use native file dialogs because apps can customise them. Unless
> we're OK with apps having a mix of native and win32 dialogs of course.
> There's also the confusion from selecting /home/mike/Foo.doc in the open
> dialog but having the title bar say X:\foo.doc or whatever.

This is why it's a user preference. But this, mind you, has nothing to
do with a native dialog. This preference would control the behaviour of
*our* dialog. Our vs. native dialog is a completely different setting,
and it's a app-specific one, as noted below.

> >   2. How paths are presented to the app
> >      This is something that needs to be per app. One way to do it
> >      would be to follow Miscrosoft and ornate apps somehow (the
> >      same they do for themable apps) via some sort of manifest
> >      that would request Unix paths instead of DOS ones. Same
> >      mechanism could be used for other things, like requesting
> >      native open dialogs instead of ours, etc.
> Mmmm, the manifest thing seems horribly complicated to me. Seems like a
> use of XML just for the sake of it. When extending win32 we don't have
> to follow their dubious design decisions  (one reason why I'm not keen
> on magic PIDLs and such).

I have no idea how their manifest looks like, be it XML or not, but
I find the idea OK. Being an app specific setting, it should be bound
to the application somehow. And being able to "stamp" the app with
ceratin settings sounds better then inveting all sorts of apps, for
things that are truly app global.


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