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Re: EESchema find dialog input.


Wayne Stambaugh wrote:
Dick Hollenbeck wrote:

Wayne Stambaugh wrote:

I have been working on one of my todo list items of replacing the
EESchema find dialog with an improved wxFormBuilder version and ran into
a few issues with the current search behavior. I wanted to get some
input from the group before I continue plowing ahead on my current
trajectory. The current item search in EESchema uses a wild card
pattern search similar to a typical file name search using * and ?. The
problem with this is if you want to search for the components that are
not annotated (D?, C?, etc.), setting the search string to D? does not
yield the result that I think most users would expect. I'm also not
sure that the average user understands * and ? pattern matching. I
would think most users are more familiar with matching the whole word or
any part of a word options that most find dialogs provide. So I am
proposing the following initial changes the EESchema find dialog:

1) Make the dialog modeless and don't dismiss it on every search.


2) Save find dialog position, size, and search settings between sessions.


3) Use whole/part of word and case sensitive/insensitive search options
instead of * and ?

I like * and ?, and if ? is really a single character wildcard, should it not match a ? ?

That last ? is for the question. And that is humorous, according to me. :)

Your humor not withstanding, yes ? will match ? :) However, using my
example above if D1-D9 where in the list before the first occurrence of
D? then you have to search through D1-D9 to get to the first occurrence
of D?. I could add a check box to enable/disable wild card searching.
This covers both cases. Maybe a better solution would be to make the
annotate dialog modeless and add the search capability for unannotated
components to it. Initially I'll add a check box to the find dialog to
turn simple wild card searching on and off to see how that works.

You have added more information now about your concerns, and I don't want to be inflexible, but I do like wild card searching.

If I can assume that your main concern is with the '?' operator, we could simply drop that form of wildcard, and continue to support *.

This * is pretty good wildcard support, and this leaves ? to be interpreted literally, which would let you find the unannotated symbols.

Is there a compromise down this path?

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