FILEOPEN() Function - Create File Open Dialog

Syntax

FILEOPEN(prompt,path,name,ext[,filters[,mode]])

(BBj 7.0 and higher)

FILEOPEN(prompt,path,name,ext[,filters[,mode[,MODE="CLIENT,EXISTS=option,RESOLVE=option,STYLE=name"]])

Description

The FILEOPEN function activates the standard File Open dialog.

Parameter

Description

prompt

Text to display in the title bar of the dialog.

path

Default directory for the file to be opened in the dialog.

name

Default name for the file to be opened in the dialog. Use the empty string ("") to avoid setting a default filename.

ext

Default extension (usually 3 characters, do not include the dot) for the file to be opened in the dialog. Use the empty string ("") to avoid setting a default extension.

filters

One or more filters in the following format:

"text description" + $0a$ + "mask" [+$0a$ + "text description" + $0a$ + "mask" ...]

The mask specifies an extension, in the format "*.ext" or "*.*"; two or more masks are separated with semicolons. The filter, if included, indicates which files will appear in the list.

For example:

REM Illustrate the use of the FILEOPEN() function

 REM Build filters for brc/arc and all files
 FILTER$="Binary Resource Files"+$0a$+"*.brc;*.brf"
 FILTER$=FILTER$+$0a$+"ASCII Resource Files"+$0a$+"*.arc"
 FILTER$=FILTER$+$0a$+"All Files (*.*)"+$0a$+"*.*"

 REM Starting directory is the default Directory
 FILE_DIR$=""

 REM Use FILEOPEN() to get name of file to open
 FILE_NAME$=FILEOPEN("Open Resource File",FILE_DIR$,"","",FILTER$)

 REM display file name returned
 PRINT FILE_NAME$

mode

In BBj 5.0 and higher, select whether file, directories, or files and directories are selectable using the file dialog. The available options for mode are:

0 only files may be selected

1 only directories may be selected

2 files or directories may be selected

 

Note: The default setting is 0. When setting mode to 1 or 2, the filters option is ignored.

For example:

 

REM Illustrate the use of the FILEOPEN() function to select only directories

 

 REM Set the mode to directories only

 MODE=1

 

 REM The filters parameter is ignored when selecting directories only

 FILTER$=""

 

 REM Starting directory is the default Directory

 FILE_DIR$=""

 

 REM Use FILEOPEN() to get name of directory

 FILE_NAME$=FILEOPEN("Open Directory",FILE_DIR$,"","",FILTER$,MODE)

 

 REM display file name returned

 PRINT FILE_NAME$

MODE="CLIENT"

In BBj 7.0 and higher - if this option is present, the FILEOPEN dialog will show files on the client's filesystem instead of the server's system. If this option is omitted, the FILEOPEN dialog will show files on the server's filesystem.

MODE="STYLE=name"

In BBj 14.0 and higher, this sets a FILEOPEN style name, equivalent to BBjControl::addStyle. This can be used to apply custom CSS styling to a BUI FILEOPEN.

MODE="EXISTS=option"

In BBj 15.0 and higher, this mode specifies what should happen when the user selects a file that doesn't exist. The available options are:

0 The selection is accepted with no additional user action.
1 The user is presented with an error dialogue; the selection is not allowed. This is the default.
2 The user is presented with a dialogue requesting confirmation.

MODE="RESOLVE=int"

In BBj 17.0 and higher, this mode specifies how the selected filename should be resolved. The available options are:

0 The absolute filename is returned.

1 The canonical filename is returned. In some environments, this resolves selected symbolic links to their target file. This is the default.

When the dialog is dismissed, this returns  "::BAD::" (error encountered), "::CANCEL::" (user clicked Cancel), or the fully qualified path of the selected file.

In BBj 2.02 and higher, the FILEOPEN function and mnemonic is localized according to current STBL("!LOCALE") setting. For more information, see Localization.

For more information, see FILEOPEN Mnemonic - Create File Open Dialog, Mnemonic Groupings, and STBL Formats - BBj

CSS

The visual appearance of BUI controls is defined using CSS (cascading style sheets) rules. Easily change the default colors, border, and other settings by customizing these rules, all without changing any application code. See CSS API for a high level overview of BUI CSS.

See BUI: Interacting with client files for a discussion of the BUI FILEOPEN() function with MODE="CLIENT".

The FILEOPEN() function defines the following style names:

.BBjFileOpen (the top level of the dialog window)

.BBjFileOpen-title (the title bar)

.BBjFileOpen-panel (the body area)

The body contains a .BBjFileChooser structure as defined for the BBjFileChooser control.

See Also

Functions - Alphabetical Listing



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