Question about "that thing you key in that's not a user name when you're logging in"

J. Landman Gay jacque at
Wed Dec 30 18:04:42 EST 2015

On 12/30/2015 5:18 AM, Richmond wrote:
> one thing that is very odd is 'mcEncrypt';
> firstly because it maybe the only thing in LiveCode that
> betrays LiveCode's ancestry in MetaCard,

It was part of the original MC 1.0 and was used only internally to 
encrypt the entry from an ask dialog. The encrypted form was returned to 
the script. There was no way to obtain the original unencrypted text entry.

> and
> secondly because the Documentation (7.1) tells us
> nothing beyond that it is 'Reserved for internal use'.
> That 'Reserved' is all jolly well and good, but made
> me feel a bit strange having read the entry for
> "ask p_assword" [there's another way of getting round things, even if,
> for Americans,
> it might seem a bit 'fruity']
> where it says:
> 'get mcEncrypt(it)'

At some point the dialog behavior changed and the engine now returns 
only the raw text. It is now necessary for the script rather than the 
engine to handle the encryption if that's desired. When the behavior 
changed, mcEncrypt was made public and put into the dictionary.

Jacqueline Landman Gay         |     jacque at
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