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Re: Ignore patterns should not be case sensitive (usability)

From: John M. Black <johnmblack_at_gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2008 21:27:23 -0400

On Sat, Mar 22, 2008 at 2:32 PM, Karl Heinz Marbaise <khmarbaise_at_gmx.de>
wrote:

> I think you are talking about the global-ignores in the config file?
> There you can use things like this:
> global-ignores = *.[tT][xX][tT]
> If you mean the svn:ignore property you can use the same thing there...
> They are descibed as globs in the documentation.

Yes, but we should always have usability in mind for the average user. I
had no idea about "globs", and even if I did RTFM, I'd find them extremely
cumbersome. An otherwise user-friendly feature like Ignore shouldn't have a
complex syntax to attain what is probably the 80% use case. Everyone
understands simple wildcard syntax.

Many of us here are comfortable with these kinds of syntaxes b/c we grew up
on command lines, but remember that this feature also drives the Tortoise
UI, whose users are not so technical. I opened this suggestion here after
hearing this complaint from many others in our company that aren't techies
and use Tortoise.

Do any of you use Ignore for patterns that are not simple file extensions?
(that's an honest question.)

-John
Received on 2008-03-23 02:27:44 CET

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