Re: "Open With" -> "An Application"

On Thu, 2004-08-12 at 12:01, Jürg Billeter wrote:
> On Don, 2004-08-12 at 10:24 +0200, Alexander Larsson wrote:
> > Well. The application list in the run dialog is constructed from all
> > desktop files, and in the new system those desktop files are supposed
> > to
> > list the mimetypes they handle, so if the app is in the run dialog it
> > should already be in the open with menu. (Unless it didn't list some
> > mimetype it really supported, which should be fixed.)
> You've correctly written that they _should_ already be in the open with
> menu. In theory all applications should provide a fdo-compliant desktop
> file, too, so there wouldn't be a need at all for the open with other
> application dialog....
> But in practice users will have installed applications that either don't
> provide the MimeType in the desktop file at all (especially in the
> upcoming transition phase of non gnome desktop apps) or they just miss
> some types in the MimeType lines. And as we all know there probably are
> still bugs in the shared-mime-info package; although it's improving we
> won't ever be able to guarantee bug-freeness there.
> So there are two possibilities, either we leave the dialog as it is and
> make it usable only by advanced users - as we can't expect the average
> user to know the binaries of the applications he uses. Or we add the
> same functionality as found in the run dialog to the open with dialog
> and therewith make it easier resp. make it first possible for some users
> to associate a file with an application. We should keep in mind that it
> doesn't complicate the dialog and it extends the possible user base from
> only advanced users to almost any user.

I guess this makes sense.

Anyone up to hacking up a patch for this?

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