a – inside a umenu becomes a separator line

Jan 29, 2013 at 7:15pm

a – inside a umenu becomes a separator line

…which is annoying when working wiht jit.op. I noticed that in my max version, in the jit.op helpfiles, the problem is here and you can’t select the – operator from the umenus because they are changed to a separator line.
Is it normal ? Any workaround ? max 6.0.8 ; osx 10.6.8

Jan 29, 2013 at 7:27pm

typically one would “escape” such things by doing – instead of – does that work?

Jan 30, 2013 at 3:08pm

i tried several things, none worked :/

Jan 30, 2013 at 3:20pm


It works with \ (at least with max 5) ;-)

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Jan 30, 2013 at 4:28pm

Oooh, wonderful ! lesson of the day : if isn’t enough, add a to the !

Jan 30, 2013 at 6:15pm

Minus as an indicator for a dividing line has been around since 1984. Nothing new.

Depending on how many levels of parsing are going on, you may need to add multiple backslashes: when specifying full paths in C via calls on MS-DOS/Windows by passing strings to the OS you may have to write something like C:\\System\\Folder\\File.ext.

Depending on where the backslashes are, you may find that if you edit and save the file, that you will have to re-escape the escape characters (ie, go back and re-insert the multiple backslashes). This is the real PITA.

Jan 30, 2013 at 7:39pm

MS-DOS whut???

Jan 31, 2013 at 12:11am

indeed, all of the – –— family are resolving as dividerline, thats what i learned when playing around with a resource editor on mac os 7 and it is still true until today. how else should a dividerline be made? it must be one of the symbols on your keyboard :)


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