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A file requester can filter out certain file and directory entries using
dos.library's ``wildcarding''.  Turning on a file requester's
``wildcarding'' requires using the ASL_FuncFlags tag.  This tag passes a
bit field to a requester to set several options.  The options are specific
to the type of requester (file or font).  The bitmasks are defined in

The ASL_FuncFlags's FILF_PATGAD flag toggles the file requester's
``Pattern'' gadget.  The user can type an AmigaDOS wildcard pattern into
this gadget that the requester uses to limit the file names that appear in
the requester.  An application can supply the ``Pattern'' gadget with a
default pattern matching string using the ASL_Pattern tag.

Another feature of the ASL file requester is multiple selection.  When an
application sets up a file requester, it can set the FILF_MULTISELECT flag
in the ASL_FuncFlags tag that allows the user to select several files at

When the user selects several files in the requester, the FileRequester's
rf_NumArgs field contains the number of files selected.  When the
FILF_MULTISELECT bit is not set, rf_NumArgs is 0.  If rf_NumArgs is not
zero, rf_ArgList is a base pointer to an array of WBArg structures
(defined in <workbench/startup.h>).  There is a WBArg structure for each
file the user selected.

The example FilePat.c illustrates multiple selection.

FilePat.c also introduces a new function and a new tag.

    APTR AllocAslRequestTags( unsigned long type, Tag Tag1, ... );
    BOOL AslRequestTags( APTR request, Tag Tag1, ... );

FilePat.c uses AllocAslRequestTags() instead of AllocAslRequest() to
allocate and set up the file requester.  AllocAslRequestTags() is an
Amiga.lib function that accepts tag pairs in its parameter list, rather
than a pointer to a tag list.  AslRequestTags() also accepts tag pairs.

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