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How can make Open dialog brows to select a file or directory ?
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What exactly you are trying to do? Is java.awt.FileDialog what you want?
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That's ok , But how can write this code in HTML
and where can found the class of this function .

Thanks ,,,
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The easiest thing to do is to use JavaScript. Alas, that would work only in Netscape Navigator 3.x and above.

<SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript">

var fileName;

/**
 * Display a file dialog and return a selected file.
 */
function getFile()
{
    var parentFrame = new java.awt.Frame();
    var fileDialog = new java.awt.FileDialog(parentFrame, "Select a file to print");
    fileDialog.setVisible(true);
    fileName = fileDialog.getDirectory() + fileDialog.getFile();
    alert("Selected file " + fileName);
}
</SCRIPT>

The necessary classes come with Netscape's Java support and you should not have to do anything to install these classes.
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by:a_sameer
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ok , that's very good ... Thanks Msmolyak.

But I'm sorry ,, I want to select a Directory only (such as Empty Directory How can select it ?)



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ok , that's very good ... Thanks Msmolyak.

But I'm sorry ,, I want to select a Directory only (such as Empty Directory How can select it ?)



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I am afraid AWT does not posess this capability. It is possible, JavaScript has built-in functions to do that, I am not that familiar with JavaScript.  I will check what Swing has in that respect. I know Swing has a FileChooser but first of all it's in a preview stage, then I am not sure whether it can select directories and finally unlike AWT, Swing classes do not come with the browser so it will be harder to use them from JavaScript,
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Swing;s FileChooset does not seem to support that either, which is only logical. It's hard to use the same interface for selecting both files and directories since double click ona file means "Select", whicl double click on a directory means "Expand". The oly place where I've seen directory selection dialogs is InstallShield when it asks you for the installation directory.
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I'll take my last statement back. Swing's FileChooser does allow to choose directories only according to its description.
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