For the records, here is original bug report: 
https://developer.blender.org/T49601

I closed it, since there is no bug here really, this is more like 'how 
things work currently', and 'do we want/need to make those shown names 
longer in UI' question.

For what matters, full ID name (including materials) can be at most 63 
ASCII chars currently.

Remaining is in the hands of the UI team really, I believe?

Le 13/10/2016 à 05:21, emcéjé a écrit :
> Hello All,
>
> I use long material and object names in Blender for a reason (Win7 64
> bit) on Blender 2.74.
>
> I realized that 2.78 fails to display long material names, instead of
> 30 it displays only 26 characters (even less - just 23 -  with the
> '...' counted) what makes my former naming rules unusable (it is used
> in other apps, too so it is essential to work the same way)
> So here is my suggestion:
> Ideal method for displaying material name pop-up during selection
> would be to extend the menu length to actual material name length
> (maybe with the max of 256 characters supported), or displaying
> minimum 40 _readable_characters.
>
> I understood the logic behind using '...', but that is for people who
> do not use well-organized naming procedures (what is a requirement for
> team work or for creating asset packs).
>
> As I cannot see any technological reason not to use at least 40
> _readable_characters in the pop-up (technically the 'Properties'
> toolbar could be as wide as we want), please implement it this way for
> the next release.
>
> Thank you.
> Alma
>
> Screenshot about the 'bug/feature': http://tinypic.com/r/2zprrkh/9
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