short name broken?
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Fri Nov 4 17:46:36 CET 2016
Mark Waddingham wrote:
> On 2016-11-01 19:12, Richard Gaskin wrote:
>> You're absolutely right. When in doubt I check the
>> Winkler-Kamins-DeVoto reference, and indeed they verify that all name
>> queries will return a value, even when the property itself is empty.
>> When using "the short name" on an unnamed object, WKD says it should
>> return the ID form, as LC currently does.
> I must confess I struggle to find any reasonable logic behind the
> current behavior of 'the short name' when the actual name of the
> object is empty.
At least I'm in good company. Despite decades of using this family of
languages, it just seemed to logical that querying a property would
deliver its actual value that I was momentarily certain that was the case.
> Indeed, I'd suggest that it is actually a bug (well,
> I guess 'anomaly' by our current definition).
> As 'the short name' is not meant to return a control reference, it is
> slightly unsettling that it does return a control reference in one
Agreed, and it was encouraging to see this request confirmed, for the
Inspector to display only the actual value of the object's name (which
may be empty):
I'll see if I can get some time to submit a pull request for that.
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