Re: [Nautilus-list] Bookmarks in sidebar tab

On Sun, 2001-09-16 at 14:11, Ross Burton wrote:
> On Sat, 2001-09-15 at 22:29, Jeff Waugh wrote:
> > <quote who="Ben Ford">
> > 
> > > >/me considers library-based, and CORBA-based approaches using an
> > > >easy-to-edit XML file format.
> > > 
> > > /me reminds again that Mozilla is not and will not be a Gnome project.
> > > 
> > > If you want a common file format, you will need to adopt Mozilla's.  Or 
> > > you can write an application to translate. But don't expect them to 
> > > match your chosen format.
> > 
> > ... and/or ask the Galeon developers to participate in a bookmarks
> > standardisation effort. This would work much like the current thumbnail
> > standards discussion going on at the moment.
> There is a "standard" called XBEL (XML Bookmark Exchange Language)
> developed by the Python XML SIG.  KDE uses it natively and Galeon can
> import/export it (and it will be native one day soon).
> All that is needed is a CORBA api to access it.

Sounds like you are on my wavelength. I had considered XBEL as the base
format, and a very simple CORBA interface to serve it to applications.
I'm sure it'd be fairly trivial to then hack the bookmarking code of the
various projects to make use of this interface.

This shouldn't affect those that wish to maintain their
application-specific bookmarks, just make it easier for people who
mix'n'match a bit. Personally, sometimes I'd prefer to open one of my
FTP mirror link in Galeon, other times in Nautilus (depends which
version is most stable at the time :)).

Applications wouldn't need to display bookmarks they are not capable of
viewing, which would take care of the issue of 'bookmark clutter'.

I know of at least one Gnome-based bookmark maintenance program
( which could be used here.

I also appreciate that the developers of each application involved would
probably not be that interested in coding support for this. They would
just have to agree to the patch. Support for this could made optional at

Anyway, /me fears this I have veered off-topic a bit. This thread was
originally about a problem with the bookmarks sidebar tab.


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