[desktop entry spec] new FullName key

Frederic Peters fpeters at gnome.org
Fri Aug 14 00:53:07 PDT 2009

David Faure wrote:

> On Wednesday 12 August 2009, Francois Gouget wrote:
> > What about changing it to something like:
> > 
> >     Name: Display name of the desktop file. For Type=Application desktop 
> > files it should contain the name of the application. For example 
> > "Mozilla Browser".
> This would break the use cases with two lines in the menu,
> like we have nowadays in KDE4. We want
>  Web Browser
>     Mozilla
> hence the need for separation between Name and GenericName.

Definitely.  The problem is that GNOME has used a different meaning
for the Name key, so it could provide the menu items it wanted.

Adding a FullName (or DisplayName) key now is kind of late but the
way to get back to real interoperability, as it will allow GNOME to
fix our desktop files while keeping the menu items we want.

As you wrote before your vacations:

 | But if the one who adds FullName to every desktop file also fixes up the
 | Name and GenericName keys of the file in order to stop the duplication
 | nonsense there and actually follow the spec then I guess I withdraw my
 | objection against FullName.

Stopping the duplication nonsense and following the spec is exactly
how I see the new key proposal.



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