When I open a new file for editing, I use the mouse to click on its name in a menu, which helps me to avoid having to remember the exact spelling of the name and encourages me to use long file names that can be more descriptive and thus easier to understand.
A better overall design would accept aribtrarily long file names, and then there woul be no simple solution to the visual truncation problem.
Long file names
are available for directory names, too.
Users of the Intel-based PCs will enjoy working with folder icons that represent real disk hierarchies, an ever-present menu for software, a list of frequently-used files, long file names, and a help system that can act out its answers.
Early adopters moving from analysis and planning for Windows 95 to pilot implementation are dealing with the myriad issues involved with supporting mixed Windows 3.x and Windows 95 networks.(19) Backing up Windows 3.x and Windows 95 clients, coordinating long file names across the two types of Windows clients, and compatibility between different e-mail file formats are becoming sticking points in many IS shops working with Windows 95.(20)
Will Win95's improved user interface, long file names
, better performance, plug-and-play, and easier networking improve productivity?
Again, the official line is that IBM and Microsoft henceforth will devote "the majority of their application and systems development resources" to OS/2 and, "beginning in the second half of 1990, plan to make their graphical applications available first on OS/2." According to the IBM's press release, moreover, "Microsoft stated that Windows is not intended to be used as a server, nor will future releases contain advanced OS/2 features such as distributed processing, the 32-bit flat memory model, threads, or long file names
CheckCite 2000 is compatible with Windows 95 and 98, enabling it to support long file names
and take advantage of the newest word-processing software.
Macintosh clients can easily add HFS CDs to the SmartCD file system and access them using all native Macintosh characteristics such as long file names
, spaces, and Macintosh icons.
Reference Manager is the foremost Windows application in its category, according to RIS, with property sheets, common dialogs, object linking and embedding, long file names
, toolbars, and right mouse support.