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Richard Gaskin ambassador at
Tue Jul 28 09:59:13 EDT 2015

It's of course very useful that we have a community able and willing to 
share handler for things like number formatting.

But stepping back to look at the big picture, I find myself wondering:

Why is that even necessary?

Why isn't that just a field property, e.g. "the displayFormat"?

The core language is very easy to use, but in many very common cases 
like this it's not so easy at all, as we have to hand-craft things that 
less capable tools provide as simple property settings.

Another good candidate complimenting displayFormat would be inputFilter, 
allowing us to set a property to enforce data entry rules for specific 
types (numeric, phone numbers, email addresses, etc.).

For all the wonderful time-saving features LiveCode provides, we spend 
way too much time re-inventing some very basic wheels.

Sure, we could wait for v8's Widgets for something like this, but I 
wouldn't mind seeing a behavior library for this sooner.  I'd help. 
Anyone have the time to steward such a project?  Even better if someone 
here has the chops to do this in the engine where it's arguably most 
beneficial for all of us.  I'd chip in on a bounty for either of these.

  Richard Gaskin
  Fourth World Systems
  Software Design and Development for the Desktop, Mobile, and the Web
  Ambassador at      

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