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  2. JDK-4337584

general problems with JFileChooser and rfe's

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      solaris_7, windows_98

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      dennis.sigel@eng 2000-05-11

      After using the Swing FileChooser class through a variety of
      releases (on Solaris) here are a few observations, requests
      and problems (some may be fixed on Windows at this point?)

      1) Every? version has sorted directories and files
      differently: case sensitive, case insensitive and various
      mixes of files and directories.

      2) Double clicking a file/directory should have only one
      meaning. At present, it depends on how fast you click.
      It can mean GOTO if its a directory, Open if it's a file,
      or Edit the list entry. This is very bad...

      3) There should be an attribute to force the filechooser
      window to stay up after a valid selection of a file.
      What ever happened to Push Pins?

      4) On Solaris, the move up one directory button should stop
      at the top level root directory, not wrap around to the user's
      home directory.

      5) The move up one directory should not be grayed out if
      the filechooser is instantiated with ("."). See bug 4318667
      The priority of this bug was reduced and not fixed for 1.3.
      The workaround was to move to a lower directory, then move
      back up as the button would activate. This is a problem
      when the directory you start in has no sub-directories.
      This forces a user to exit an application, then restart.
      Since FileChoosers are an important part of applications, I
      would think this is a real quality problem.

      6) When the file chooser first comes up, or directories are
      changed, a highlighted box appears on a random entry. This
      occurs on Solaris, not on Windows.

      7) It would be nice to have the option of splitting files
      and directories into two separate scrolling lists.

      8) The options FILES_ONLY, DIRECTORY_ONLY, FILES_AND_DIRECTORIES
      are not clearly defined or well documented. Comments in the
      Swing demos and comments in bug reports produce a number of
      conflicting definitions.

      9) This is a biggy! FileChoosers should be non-blocking or
      at least this should be optional. Blocking all input causes
      incredible grief for application developers.

      10) layout is great, don't change it.

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            leifs Leif Samuelsson (Inactive)
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            duke J. Duke (Inactive)
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