Truncate Path and File Name - February 1999

Truncate Names - With the advent of long file and path names it is sometimes necessary to truncate the names so they will 'fit' in a specified message or label caption. I needed to do this recently so I posted a request in a news group and received a reply [from John Hamaker, jhamaker@cyberhighway.com] which demonstrates using the DrawText API to perform the function. So I created a demo program to show not only how to use the API to truncate a path/file combination but any text string. It becomes the tip-of-the-month.

The Demonstration Program

This example uses flag DT_PATH_ELLIPSIS to truncate the long file/path name inserting ellipsis before the file name.

Truncate File/Path

This example uses flag DT_WORD_ELLIPSIS to truncate the right portion of the string. You could use this function to truncate a string that is too long.

Truncate String

Calling function TruncateLongPathAndFile

Format sResult = TruncateLongPathAndFile(sString, lLength, bPath)
Sample sResult = TruncateLongPathAndFile("c:\My Long Folder1\My Long Folder2\My Long File.txt", 45, True"
sString The string to be truncated.
lLength The truncation length. A long integer.
bPath Set to True to use DT_PATH_ELLIPSIS or False to use DT_WORD_ELLIPSIS.

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