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Subject: Re: Suggestion for new file name filter
From: Bradley Alexander (storm_at_tux.org)
Date: 2002-10-29


One possible issue with this approach would be when you have more tracks
than the display can hold. Given your example, on a 6000, which only has
2 lines of text in the WPS, you would end up with an entire list of

3 of 8.mp3
4 of 8.mp3

or

3.mp3
4.mp3

type entries. I understand it is optional (and I kinda like the idea),
but its something to think about. I've got to find time to write a
script to shorten all of my names. There are a few I have like

Queen - Greatest Hits - 15 - Dont Stop Me Now.mp3

That are rather annoying.

On Sun, 2002-10-27 at 16:07, Martin Borus wrote:
> Hi,
>
> here's a suggestion that might make navigation a lot of easier
> in long file lists of the same artist, album or audio book.
> Currently it's not easy to find a file when all files have the same
> beginning.
>
> How about an #optional# directory file filter with an auto-shortening
> function that would only display the parts of file names that differ
> from the previous name.
>
> With the filter activated, it will compare each line with the
> previous line from the left to the right. It will only show the
> part of the filename from the first letter on that is different.
> The first line is always displayed in full.
>
> Example:
> Let's say this is the content of a folder:
> Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfly in Amber-01 of 8.mp3
> Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfly in Amber-02 of 8.mp3
> Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfly in Amber-03 of 8.mp3
> Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfly in Amber-04 of 8.mp3
> Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfly in Amber-05 of 8.mp3
> Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfly in Amber-06 of 8.mp3
> Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfly in Amber-07 of 8.mp3
> Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfly in Amber-08 of 8.mp3
> Kirk Douglas - The Gift - part 01.mp3
> Kirk Douglas - The Gift - part 02.mp3
> Kirk Douglas - The Gift - part 03.mp3
> Kirk Douglas - The Gift - part 04.mp3
> Kirk Douglas - The Gift - part 05.mp3
> Kirk Douglas - The Gift - part 06.mp3
>
>
> On my jukebox the folder currently looks like this:
>
> Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfl
> Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfl
> Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfl
> Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfl
> Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfl
> Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfl
> Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfl
> Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfl
> Kirk Douglas - The Gift -
> Kirk Douglas - The Gift -
> Kirk Douglas - The Gift -
> Kirk Douglas - The Gift -
> Kirk Douglas - The Gift -
> Kirk Douglas - The Gift -
>
> To find a certain part I have to go to each line and let it scroll.
> With a filter that looks for differences the folder would look like
> this:
>
> Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfl
> 2 of 8.mp3
> 3 of 8.mp3
> 4 of 8.mp3
> 5 of 8.mp3
> 6 of 8.mp3
> 7 of 8.mp3
> 8 of 8.mp3
> Kirk Douglas - The Gift -
> 2.mp3
> 3.mp3
> 4.mp3
> 5.mp3
> 6.mp3
>
> This would make it really easy to find the right part. This trick
> would also work great with album files when you have the name of the
> artist in the filename.
>
> What do you think, anybody like this idea?
>
> Martin

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--Brad
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