Save file dialogs...

Brian Milby brian at
Mon Oct 23 12:31:59 EDT 2017

One option would be to leave the extension off when initially presented to
the user. Then add the correct extension before saving if the user did not
manually add one. It is probably a little more complicated than that
though... unless the user has their OS set to display extensions, they may
not be presented with them normally. I’m not sure if that is detectable
from within LC though.

At least on Mac this would require a change in the engine source to have
extensions change in the dialog.
On Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 9:54 AM Paul Dupuis via use-livecode <
use-livecode at> wrote:

> In our application we often provide our customers with the ability to
> save information in a variety of formats using a code snippet such as:
>   put "YourData.txt" into tDefaultFileName
>   put "Save some data as:" into tPrompt
>   put the defaultFolder &slash& tDefaultFileName into tDefaultFilePath
>   put "Plain Text|txt"&cr&"Rich Text|rtf"&cr&"Microsoft Word|docx" into
> tTypes
>   ask file tPrompt with tDefaultFilePath with type tTypes
>   put it & cr & the result into fld 1
> Note that "it" contains the file path and "the result" contains the type
> selected (Plain Text, Word, RTF, whatever)
> It has been pointed out that most other application, on either OSX or
> Windows, in a save file dialog, dynamically change the file extension
> when a different type is selected from the save file popup menu. For
> example, in the above code, if the use is initially presented with
> "YourData.txt" and "Plain Text" as the type. If the user selected
> "Microsoft Word" the extension presented in the dialog is not changed to
> .docx dynamically. This does happen in most other commercial
> applications (i.e. MS Word).
> You do get back the chosen type in the result, but only after the dialog
> has been closed. You can use this to change the extension after the
> fact, but apparently not dynamically.
> This behavior exists in at least 6.7.11 through 8.1.6 under both OSX and
> Windows
> Questions for the community AND/OR the LiveCode mothership:
> 1) Is this a "bug"?
> 2) Is there any work around (like a secret callback message) to detect
> when the popup type menu has been changed to dynamically update the
> presented file name's extension?
> 3) Has anyone else in the community run into this and cares about it or
> are my customers just being way to picky?
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