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comment Why does the 260 character path length limit exist in Windows?
@IanBoyd Surely there are far more programs that rely on filenames being 8.3, or pointers being 2 bytes in size, or ints ranging from -32768 to 32767, than this?
Jan
22
comment Why does the 260 character path length limit exist in Windows?
@IanBoyd How does the use of the symbolic constants (MAX_PATH etc.) rather than hard-coding the numbers not achieve source code compatibility?
Jan
21
comment Why does the 260 character path length limit exist in Windows?
@IanBoyd There's a serious flaw in that argument - it doesn't explain why it couldn't be changed between Win16, Win32 and Win64. Of course, the Win16 implementation in Win32 OSs would need to raise an error in some way if the path is too long for the Win16 limit. Besides, binary compatibility has been broken a few times in the course of the history of Windows. For instance, Windows 95 can't run programs built for Windows 2. I get the impression that 64-bit versions of Windows can't run Win16 apps.
Jan
21
comment Why does the 260 character path length limit exist in Windows?
A good insight into where the value 260 came from, but it doesn't actually answer the question. Why is the length of paths limited at all (other than by available memory in which to store the path)? Even if there was a limit under MS-DOS, why haven't MS been able to change the fact in this day and age? Even if it would break APIs that write the path into a char array of a fixed length, they could have introduced a new API that works in a more flexible way, and deprecated and later removed the old one. Or is the transition just still a work in progress?
Dec
29
comment PHP cURL: Get target of redirect, without following it
It looks to me as if the page on which you were trying to block redirection was using a meta-refresh, rather than an HTTP redirect. The latter is what I am dealing with.
Dec
19
awarded Excavator
Dec
19
revised How do you pronounce the "ng" in "language" and "English"?
clarify which 'g' in 'language' we're talking about it
Dec
18
awarded Teacher
Dec
9
comment How does one generate vertical quotes in Word?
@sq33G Notepad++ has a plugin called NppExport, which does the same if you select 'Copy HTML to clipboard'.
Dec
9
comment How does one generate vertical quotes in Word?
You will still need to switch off the option under 'AutoFormat as you type' for this to work; otherwise, Word will change them to 'smart' quotes while carrying out the replacement operation.
Nov
20
awarded Caucus
Nov
6
awarded Supporter
Oct
24
comment Do you still "know" something you have temporarily forgotten?
In other words, "I know it" is ambiguous - does it mean "my conscious mind knows it" or "my subconscious mind knows it"?
Oct
24
comment Why no client-side HTML include tag?
It could alternatively have been designed as a feature of SGML/XML more generally....
Oct
24
comment Why no client-side HTML include tag?
The problem with adding it now would be backward compatibility. Of course, this doesn't explain why it wasn't included in the original design of HTML.
Oct
24
comment Why no client-side HTML include tag?
Your reply is the only one that seems to have hit the nail on the head. Are you thinking of something like #include in C? This is exactly the kind of thing "client-side include" means to me - a facility for including arbitrary HTML snippets (rather than entire HTML documents) within an HTML document as integral document content. Though it could be designed as an integral feature of HTML rather than as a pre-parsing stage - the asker's suggested <include src="..."> syntax would fit right in with this.
Sep
25
revised How to check for default DateTime value?
spelling correction
Sep
25
comment How to check for default DateTime value?
Who designed the database? Have you fed back to whoever maintains the overall system that the field in question should be nullable?
Sep
17
comment How to break out of multiple loops at once in C#?
possible duplicate of Breaking out of a nested loop
Sep
17
awarded Citizen Patrol
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