Re: Suggestion for file type detection approach
- From: Christophe Fergeau <teuf gnome org>
- To: Ingo Ruhnke <grumbel gmx de>
- Cc: nautilus-list gnome org, gnome-devel-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: Suggestion for file type detection approach
- Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2003 16:24:04 +0100
> The reason for this is that a)
> is the case of a users error and trivially fixed, most programms can
> even simply avoid this to happen at all by forcing a correct suffix.
> b) however is the result of the user doing nothing wrong but the
> computer going goofy and leaving the user with no way to fix this,
> basically rendering the filemanager unusable for some types of files.
The users targetted by GNOME won't have any clue how to fix a misdetection of
the mime type of a file whatever the mime type detection scheme is (by
extension or mime-sniffing). They'll know about "files created by the
spreadsheet app", they can't be expected to know they are gnumeric files
which should have a .gnumeric extension for Nautilus to properly open them.
So the "file extension detection misbehaviour is more easily fixed than
sniffing misbehaviour" isn't a really good argument in favour of file name
matching to my eyes.
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