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Re: UNC Pathname Handling within Applications


please send me every mail only once. Thanks.

* Larry Hall wrote (2004-07-16 04:21):
>At 07:30 PM 7/15/2004, you wrote:
>>* Shankar Unni wrote (2004-07-16 00:52):
>>>Thorsten Haude wrote:
>>>>- Is there any standard way to approach this problem? Has it come up
>>>>before in other applications?
>>>I don't know why you are even trying to normalize the paths like this. 
>>>Just hand the thing off to the OS. Usually, both the user and the OS 
>>>know what it is they are trying to do.
>>The path is also displayed at various places. The user might be
>>surprised to see surplus slashes.
>Better that they be surprised and have things work than be surprised and
>complain when things don't work.  Don't shield them from the reality of the
>real world.  It's a learning experience and depriving them of that won't
>help anyone.

I think some people might see the surprising path, *think* the
software is broken and stop using it. Another problem ist the toolkit.

I agree that the leading extra slash should be supported, but it might
not be as easy as it sounds.

>That ends the philosophy lesson for today.  Please go back to your homes
>now and meditate on this. ;-)

Thank you, O wise one!

As we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others we should
be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours,
and this we should do freely and generously.
    - Benjamin Franklin

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