Dozens of incomplete stuff in Desktop Entry Standard
ossi at kde.org
Fri Jun 27 01:39:44 EEST 2003
On Thu, Jun 26, 2003 at 03:09:35PM -0400, Havoc Pennington wrote:
> > - "Some keys can have multiple values; these should be separated by a
> > semicolon. Those keys which have several values should have a semicolon as
> > the trailing character." -- sorry, it's not clear to me: if a key can have
> > multiple values but does only take one value in a particluar line of a
> > particular file, then does it have to be terminated by a semicolon?
> The point here is about lists, examples are:
> empty list is presumably either ';' alone or just nothing.
to my understanding, "" would be an empty list, while ";" is a list with
one empty element. this distiction actually looks like a good reason
for the trailing semicolon requirement.
> > Furthermore, the specification itself is buggy in section 8, Example
> > Desktop Entry, having a line "Actions=Edit;Inverse" where this trailing
> > semicolon is missing. Actually, what's the purpose of it, and what should
> > an implementation do if it isn't there? Wouldn't it be simpler to just
> > forget this trailing semicolon?
> Current implementations tend to accept a missing semicolon, I don't
> remember any rationale for it.
i think this makes no difference, as long as the last element is
non-emtpy and does not contain unquoted trailing whitespace.
> > - Terminal: false or true. As a legacy stuff 0 and 1 should be supported,
> > says the docs. I'd personally prefer 0 and 1 since these are world-wide
> > values, while true and false are English words. Why prefer English where
> > the same can be done with international symbols?
kde is pretty tolerant here: true/yes/on and any non-zero integer is true;
everthing else is false.
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