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Workspace Notes
Created by Guest
Created on Jul 14, 2018

Disallow special characters in folder name.

When using special characters like 

  • Underscore (_)
  • Backslash (\)
  • Vertical bar (|)
  • ...

in a folder name, the results are often confusing or unintended by the users.
Add input validation to disallow this characters.

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  • Guest
    Mar 1, 2022

    Are there any plans to implement this in the near future? We often have the problem that users use these characters and then there are problems with the folders.

  • Guest
    Feb 18, 2019

    I also hope for this to happen already.

    And I would also like to ask to add not only charecters, but also names of already existing views and folders, like "Inbox" etc.

    Supporting German users I had the issue more than once, that a user created a folder "Inbox". I am sure I don't have to explain what issues can occur from this.

  • Guest
    Jul 24, 2018

    I fully agree. I cannot believe that there is no input validation.

  • Guest
    Jul 18, 2018

    And there are problems with leading space characters. In some Notes releases, they are accepted and then later on cause corruption of folder structures, in other releases, leading space characters are just stripped off without warning.

    There should be a consistent solution: either reject folder names with leading space characters, or allow them without stripping them off (and no corruptions of course).

  • Guest
    Jul 16, 2018

    In my career i never had a "user" who asked for this "interesting feature" with the bacslash (\). It is a "nerd" feature which only brings confusion and problems to "users". IBM has to step away from nerd features and provide simple and easy to understand UX and features to stay in business and keep Notes relevant.

  • Guest
    Jul 16, 2018

    Agree, special characters should be validated during input to avoid rare technical problems. But the backslash (\) is a feature. You can create directly a folder with a subfolder (e. g. 2018\January) and the main folder (2018) created this way containy only subfolders but no documents. This may confuse users, but is an interesting feature.