Re: gnome_url_show proposal

On Sat, Feb 22, 2003 at 04:30:22PM -0800, Frank Worsley wrote:
> On Sat, 2003-02-22 at 07:36, Rodney Dawes wrote:
> > I am not happy with it. Though, I'm not happy with where a lot of the
> > API in the gnome libraries exists. If gnome-desktop-item is going to
> > be merged back into libgnome, then we should merge the gnomeui stuff
> > back in to libgnomeui and just dissolve gnome-desktop (again). It seems
> > rather pointless to keep only part of it's API separate from the rest
> > of gnome. Ideally, GnomeDesktopItem would be below gnome-vfs, but I'm
> > not sure that is going to happen.
> Well, I'm not in a position to make a decision on it and nobody else
> seems to really care.

I care, the thing is that I don't have any really constructive
suggestions. My feeling is that to move GnomeDesktopItem into the
platform it could use more review/love, but I don't know who will have
time to do that; I think gnome_url_show() kind of sucks as a concept
and should just be handled as part of a working MIME system (see
recent preferred apps thread on usability@), but we don't have that in
the near term (though hopefully jrb or someone will get to it in the
GNOME 2.4 timeframe); it also seems that doing the parameter
substitution etc. should be supported by some API that doesn't require
creating a desktop item, but I don't know who will implement that
either. Finally yes it should probably be in GTK or something but I
don't think we'll have a good enough idea what it would look like
there until we firm up the MIME system and get that on a lower level
also, so we can't address it that way for GTK 2.4.

Basically, no I don't think it sounds particularly right, or at least
it isn't clear to me that it's right, but it doesn't seem likely we'll
have anything better in a 2.4 timeframe, maybe for 2.6.


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