Alarm Names Allow Forward Slashes

We recently had some issues with a few alarms in our project due, indirectly, to some alarms being named with forward slashes ("/"). According to support, it sounds like allowing forward slashes in the name is expected behavior, but I didn’t get any clarification as to why before the ticket was closed. I’m more just curious if there is a use case for allowing forward slashes in alarm names that I’m not aware of, given that Ignition hides all the text to the left of the “/”?

From the manual:

Alarm Names and Forward Slashes

Alarm names can make use of forward slashes ( “/” ). However the alarm name property throughout Ignition is designed to only show characters after the rightmost forward slash. Assume you name an alarm with the following:

one/two/three

The alarm name property (as seen on the various alarm table components, Tag Browser, and various alarm scripting functions) will omit “one” and “two”, leaving the alarm name as:

three

This behavior can be confusing, but is easily avoided by not using forward slashes in alarm names.

FYI I just added another topic RE this. Personally I think it’s a bug and that alarm names with slashes and commas should not be allowed, as these have consequences especially when trying to read/write to them via scripting functions.

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I was never satisfied with the answer from support that it was expected behavior. At the very least, it would be good to have an understanding for what purpose and scenarios forward slashes are allowed in alarm names. Only thing I can think of, is to allow for a more complex hierarchy of alarms (i.e. - “Alarm Group 1/Alarm 1”, “Alarm Group 1/Alarm 2”, “Alarm Group 2/Alarm 1”, etc). If so, I would guess the number of headaches this causes vs the number of projects that actually use this mechanism is probably more skewed towards the headaches (just me guessing though). At the very least, it would be nice to have a warning in the alarm editor to indicate that the “/” may cause unexpected behavior or better yet, a gateway configuration setting that we can enable to make “/” an illegal character for the alarm name entry field.

The commas definitely look like a bug and shouldn’t be allowed. The forward slashes are still an unknown since they wouldn’t cause errors in the scripting functions (at least, I don’t think they would). I just don’t really understand what the usefulness is for allowing forward slashes in the alarm name in the first place.

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fwiw, you can also add a ! into the alarm name which also kills reading anything from that alarm via script :confused:
A warning would definitely be a good start! Something like “Don’t be an idiot… You’ve added dumb characters into the alarm name. You technically can do that, but it’s your funeral”

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