Zealous 'file format' save notifications

Monte Goulding monte at appisle.net
Tue Nov 1 18:53:16 EDT 2016


This came about because the cost of determining if a file could be saved back to a pre-7 file version was too high yet the risk of not informing the user they are likely to loose data by doing so was also too high.

> On 2 Nov. 2016, at 9:36 am, Ben Rubinstein <benr_mc at cogapp.com> wrote:
> 
> I recently started working with a file from 6.7.11 in 8.1.1.  Having carefully set the file format preservation, so that I can continue to work with it back and forth between 6.7.11 and 8.1.1, I now get this message each time I save:
> 
> 	The preference to preserve stack file formats is set,
> 	however, saving this stack file as version 5.5 will
> 	result in data loss. The minimum stack file version
> 	for this stack is 7.0.
> 
> Since the stack came directly from LC 6, this seems implausible.
> 
> On further investigation I see that there is a new property, the minStackFileVersion. "The minStackFileVersion property is read only and determined by the content of the stack file.", according to the dictionary.
> 
> Well, that sounds good. But then I read "The minimum stack version reported by the property is 7.0.".
> 
> How can this be helpful? And if that is how the property is defined, wouldn't it better if saving didn't throw up the above dialog when minStackFileVersion = 7.0, since that should in fact be taken as "not sure" or "doesn't need 8.0".
> 
> Is there a subtlety here that I'm missing?
> 
> Ben
> 
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