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Re: Bug#363486: dpkg: [update-alternatives] New categories for: WORD, EXCEL, MEDIA-PLAYER etc.

Am Mittwoch, 14. Juni 2006 00:53 schrieb Jari Aalto+mail.linux:
> * Tue 2006-06-13 Josselin Mouette <joss AT debian.org>
> * Message-Id: 1150231486.17236.21.camel AT utena.localnet
> > Le lundi 12 juin 2006 à 20:44 +0200, Kurt Roeckx a écrit :
> >> I think you're not very clear in what you're asking, so I'm going
> >> to try and explain what I think you said.
> >>
> >> If you open a file in a file browser, or you open it thru a web
> >> browser or something, it might have a mime type assosiated with
> >> it.  So what I think you suggest is that based on the mime-type
> >> we start an application that should be able to handle that
> >> mime-type.
> >
> > This is what the Freedesktop.org MIME database achieves. No need to
> > reinvent what is already a widespread standard.
> The proposal here talks about differnt thing, but indirectly concerns
> the mime types, which are used to associate actions to certain file
> extensions.

Why not have something that starts the proper program according to the given 
mimetype? E.g.:
x-mime-handler application/whatever

This program can make use of the .desktop files. If the .desktop files cannot 
do this, yet, the standard for them should be extended to make it possible 
instead of inventing yet another.

Note that the alternative-System has one major drawback: it reflects the 
choice of the administrator only, not the one of the user. And those two 
_often_ do not match.
It is thus not a good choice for forced desktop behaviour.

Another problem is the missing option compatibility between all of those 
programs and thus only offers very limited usage of the used programs. And it 
hides the problem that you have to get used to a program to efficiently use 
it, e.g. KWord has many differences when compared to OpenOffice Writer.

And the last point: you have icons on a desktop (or in a menu or whatever) and 
don't have to remember strange names, anyway. Users that start everything 
from a shell usually do not use such (mainly mouse-operated) programs.


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