is LCs answer folder state of the art?

Ben Rubinstein benr_mc at
Mon Mar 13 17:43:30 EDT 2017

Hi Tiemo,

I'm not sure which OS you're looking at (or which version of LC).

On MacOS, I'm not seeing the behaviour you describe: for me, "answer folder" 
brings up a file selector and as I navigate, I see all the contents of folders 
as normal, with all the files greyed out, so that only folders can be selected 
- which would seem to be the expected behaviour.

I'm currently working on LC 8.1.3, but I think this is the behaviour I usually 
see. But I'm usually working on Mac, so not sure what happens on Windows or Linux.


On 13/03/2017 14:50, Bob Sneidar via use-livecode wrote:
> It sounds like an OS thing. It isn't often that users are asked to select a folder instead of a file. You can try ask file instead.
> Bob S
>> On Mar 13, 2017, at 07:20 , Tiemo Hollmann TB via use-livecode <use-livecode at> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> the user shall select a folder, which includes certain files. When using
>> "answer folder" the LiveCode dialog lets select the folder and returns the
>> path, but without showing it's content, while navigating. That puzzles
>> sometimes my customers, because it looks like the folder is empty and it
>> might not be the correct folder.
>> I am  not sure, if this behavior of the answer dialog is "standard" at other
>> programs and it just looks strange to me, or if there is another approach to
>> let the user select a folder while showing it's content? I could workaround
>> with "answer file", but that could puzzle again the user, because he can't
>> select a folder and must select a file to return from the dialog.
>> How is this UI issue handled correctly?
>> Tiemo

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