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Re: Directory picker control

From: Victor Engmark <victor.engmark@cern.ch>
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2005 10:02:22 +0200
Message-ID: <425F750E.4070505@cern.ch>
To: Micah Dubinko <micah@dubinko.info>
CC: www-forms@w3.org

Micah Dubinko wrote:

>
> I have a client requesting a file/directory-picker control. A "browse" 
> button, and the resulting filesystem path goes into the instance data.
>
> I know that <upload> has <filename>. Has anyone used this as a 
> directory browser? I'm curious about how implementations have handled 
> this.

Hello,

I suspect you only want the filename, and not the actual file. I've had 
the same problem, and the only solution I found was binding the upload 
to a dummy instance which will never be part of any submission. Some 
problems I've had with this approach:

    * The file /will/ be uploaded (at least when using Chiba)
    * This may be implementation dependent, but at least in Chiba the
      directory part of the path to the file is /not/ saved
    * If the file is empty, the filename will not be saved (dunno if
      this is according to the spec)
    * Submitting "large" files (the limit is less than 10 MB) with Chiba
      cause a Java out of memory error with the default configuration on
      a new PC

I really do wish there will be some kind of possibility to include 
file/directory paths without the file contents in XForms 1.1...

-- 
Victor Engmark
"Quid quid latine dictum sit, altum viditar" - "What is said in latin, 
sounds profound"
Received on Friday, 15 April 2005 08:02:29 GMT

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