What is the best way to do cross-platform handling of hidden files?
(preferably in Python, but other solutions still appreciated)
Simply checking for a leading '.' works for *nix/Mac, and file attributes work on Windows. However, this seems a little simplistic, and also doesn't account for alternative methods of hiding things (.hidden files, etc.). Is there a standard way to deal with this?
We actually address this in a project we write. What we do is have a number of different "hidden file checkers" that are registered with a main checker. We pass each file through these to see if it should be hidden or not.
These checkers are not only for different OS's etc, but we plug into version control "ignored" files, and optional user overrides by glob or regular expression.
It mostly amounts to what you have done, but in a pluggable, flexible and extensible way.
See source code here: https://bitbucket.org/aafshar/pida-main/src/tip/pida/services/filemanager/filemanager.py