Re: [Nautilus-list] script w/ mime handling
- From: Jonathan Blandford <jrb redhat com>
- To: John Sullivan <sullivan eazel com>
- Cc: Tuomas Kuosmanen <tigert ximian com>, "nautilus-list lists eazel com" <nautilus-list lists eazel com>
- Subject: Re: [Nautilus-list] script w/ mime handling
- Date: 17 Oct 2001 11:52:55 -0400
John Sullivan <sullivan eazel com> writes:
> (1) It puts the burden on every user (or the installer program if there is
> one) to put each script in the right place. This is much more error-prone
> than if the script just "does the right thing" in the Scripts folder.
I don't think this is any harder than the rest of the rigmarole involved
with installing stuff on a modern system. With some luck, the user will
get scripts with an rpm/deb. We can write a script manager should we
get to that point.
> (2) Using the hierarchy in this way precludes a commonly-asked-for feature
> of letting the user create arbitrary subfolders in the scripts folder.
> (3) It forces users to think about and deal with MIME types explicitly. I
> don't think we want to limit the utility of the Scripts mechanism to only
> users who are thoroughly conversant in MIME types.
> (4) If the Scripts menu reflects the folder hierarchy, then you've got to
> navigate multiple levels of hierarchical menus to choose a script, which is
> a pain. If the Scripts menu doesn't reflect the folder hierarchy, then
> there's a hard-to-understand relationship between the Scripts folder and the
> Scripts menu.
I think the point is that the scripts only appear if you right click on
an icon of a certain mime-type. This removes the burden of points 2-4
from the user. I personally would love to be able to target specific
actions on certain file types. For example, in gmc, I was able to right
click on the floppy icon and get 'Format floppy'. This was done via
gfloppy registering itself with the 'application/x-floppy-device'
mime-type. I'd like to be able to do this with nautilus, but don't know
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