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Re: 21.x feature request: windows shortcut support

From: David Masterson
Subject: Re: 21.x feature request: windows shortcut support
Date: 12 Oct 2001 15:48:02 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.0808 (Gnus v5.8.8) Emacs/20.7

>>>>> David Masterson writes:
>>>>> Jason Rumney writes:
>> Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:

>>> If shortcuts are used only for executing a file,

>> I am not sure that is correct. It may be Microsoft's design that
>> they are only intended to be double-clicked with a mouse in order to
>> execute the default application for a shortcut's target, but I see
>> no reason why we should restrict Emacs to such a narrow use.

> That doesn't appear to be the only use on Windows.  You can have a
> shortcut to a text file (for instance).  When clicked on, it will
> "Open" the text file (ie. invoke the editor [Notepad] on it).  A
> shortcut has a "Target type" that tells Windows what to do with the
> referenced file.  So, the two basic target types seem to be
> "Application" and "Text file", but I suppose there could be others
> ("Printer" seems to also work).

I should also mention that, when using (for instance) Notepad to open
a shortcut file, it appears the referred to file is opened regardless
of what the "Target type" is.

David Masterson                dmaster AT synopsys DOT com
Sr. R&D Engineer               Synopsys, Inc.
Software Engineering           Sunnyvale, CA

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