Associating mime types with icons - broken?

Rodney Dawes dobey at
Tue Mar 22 20:23:04 EET 2005

On Tue, 2005-03-22 at 13:24 +0000, Mike Hearn wrote:
> On Mon, 2005-03-21 at 19:35 -0500, Rodney Dawes wrote:
> > What we need is a standard Icon Naming Spec, which extends across the
> > entire desktop. There is work being done on this, and the proposal
> > should be sent soon, as I said earlier.
> We need that too yes but I think allowing ISVs to ship new mimetype
> icons is a higher priority.

I disagree. ISVs are allowed to ship new icons already. It just so
happens that they have to do it differently for each desktop they want
it to work on. You seem to have ran into a bug that seems to make it
a little more difficult for you. In fact, Real ships icons for their
player already. I believe they work in both KDE and Gnome, but I've not
tested that they work in KDE as I don't use it. They do, however, show
up "properly" in various bits of Gnome, depending upon the Icon Theme
inheritance tree, and whether the theme provides them or not.

>From a usability standpoint though, I think it's more important to get
a generic MIME type icon fallback method in place, so that all kinds of
types don't end up falling back to "application".

-- dobey

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