Icons for mimetypes

Alexander Larsson alexl at redhat.com
Tue Oct 28 10:16:49 EET 2003

On Mon, 2003-10-27 at 18:43, Allan Sandfeld Jensen wrote:
> On Friday 24 October 2003 10:06, Alexander Larsson wrote:
> > On Thu, 2003-10-23 at 15:05, David Faure wrote:
> > > It was suggested here that mimetype icons should simply be named after
> > > the mimetype. Here is a comment about this, and possible suggestion for
> > > improvement.
> >
> > What gnome currently does is:
> >
> > mimetype "application/x-foo" first tries "gnome-mime-application-x-foo",
> > and if that doesn't exist it falls back to "gnome-mime-application".
> >
> > This seems to work pretty well, although there are issues. For instance,
> > if a base theme adds a specific mimetype icon that is not in a derived
> > theme, the derived theme will start using the specific icon from the
> > differently looking theme instead of the generic one from the derived
> > theme.
> >
> Matching a specific document-type to just an unknown application-data type is 
> not very specific. That is why I suggested using a more fine-grained content 
> tree for selecting icons. So that specific document-types would fall back to 
> a generic document-type, and so on.

Its not great, but it works for e.g. images and audio. A tree has other
issues such as someone needs to define a tree we can agree on, maintain
it and make sure everyone uses the same tree. It also has the same
inheritance issues that the gnome method has.

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