Re: vfolder .desktop and Window Maker
On Sun, Feb 09, 2003 at 01:32:40PM -0800, Chris Waters wrote:
> Debian's centralized scheme doesn't require any modification to
> existing apps. All that's required of Debian's menu scheme is that
> an app be able to use an external automatically generated menu
> definition of some sort.
Well, after reading the quoted URL, I get the impression this is just
our system, redone. It's got more keys and the format is more
user-friendly, but other than that, it's our system. In particular,
you just need to update update-menus to read this files and spit the
info the menu methods require. Add a new compatibility level and it
can spit the extra fields for the applications that require/want to
What happened to the great menu rewrite in the language of evil? Did
anything came out of that?
> Furthermore, Debian's centralized approach allows either the admin or
> the user to define centralized filters that apply to the entire
> heirarchy. I don't see any way to do this that doesn't involve
> keeping a master list (before filtering), and having all apps use
> generated lists (stored elsewhere). And as long as you're doing that
> anyway, I see no advantage to switching the format of the master list
> -- all it does is require that thousands of existing, working menu
> definition files have to be rewritten in the new format.
For us it should not be a problem. Just add support for this to menu
and update menu-methods. While at this, we could whack a clue into the
GNOME and KDE maintainers skulls and be done with that "Debian" entry
What I really miss in the VFolder proposal are categories such as
"Viewers", "Math" and "Shells". The whole games section is not
granular enough. I rather have "Strategy", "Tetris-like" and
"Adventure" than ... than nothing curretly :-)
> The new VFolder proposal includes equivalents of Debian's hints (the
> Categories), which is good, but it leaves it up to the apps what to
> do with them (if anything). Debian's centralized scheme ensures
> consistency here.
Again, just abstract the thing away and be happy. If you get something
translate it to Apps/Editors
If you get:
translate it to:
Apps/Tools with Clock as a hint.
> Pneumonoultra- osis is too long
> microscopicsilico- to fit into a single
> volcaniconi- standalone haiku
Heh, heh... nice one.