[REBOL] request-file questions [again]
From: jason:cunliffe:verizon at: 15-Oct-2002 14:08
I know this has come up before. But I keep asking in case there are now nicer
alternatives or undocumented techniques and treasures...
Q1: How to make the 'dirs' section of request file larger?
It's such a pain in the **** to scroll around that area.
[usabilitysucks c.1987 :-((]
Q2: What's the best way to separate directory path and filename from
I notice that if one wants to set the default to open politely in a certain
drive and folder , it behaves strangely using the /file refinement :
>> rf: request-file/file %/e/
Displays blank. User must pick from all the available system drives.
>> rf: request-file/file %/e/art
Displays %/e/ but user must still select the "art" dir by hand to view the
But, it does return what was set by default:
>> rf: request-file/file %/e/art ;[user immediately clicks SELECT]
>> rf: request-file/file %/e/art/ ;[user immediately clicks SELECT]
>> rf: request-file/file %/e/art/somefile.sfx
OK this now opens in the right directory, even if "somefile.sfx" does not exist.
User can now immediately view contents of %/e/art/
A nice thing I discovered: you can use a block with the /filter refinement to
display several filetypes:
rf: request-file/file/filter %/e/art/ [".swf" ".html"]
My basic wishlist for request file:
- resizing of all areas and the tool itself. This is so basic!!!
- auto-resizing by width so file name are ways fully visible.
- color display of different filetypes
- option to use more standard single listing to displays directory names along
with files and also "../" items, so you don't have to click the "parent" button.
- add function buttons built-in
This last would be an "/addbutton" refinement allowing one to directly include a
named button in the requester and assign a function to it. 50% of the time
that's probably what people want to do anyway.
Does /IOS have a better request-file interface or tools?
If so how do we get some?
If not, I cannot imagine how people in businesses must react then when they get
to that part of the demo. [clunky-funky..grumblmumble] File requesters are
probably the most commonly used interface of all operating systems.