[Usability] Lightening up the XDG menu

Liam R. E. Quin liam at holoweb.net
Sun Mar 28 23:49:13 EEST 2004

On Sun, 2004-03-28 at 14:29, Ryan McDougall wrote:

> My two cents (forgive my ignorance of the XDG standard) : I think we
> should specify what gets shown to the screen on a role basis. Perhaps we
> can have one .desktop file Called "Editor" that has subfields
> InGnome=gedit, InKDE=kedit, Default=emacs, etc. That way each dekstop's
> menu could choose whether to show their only own items, only GNOME+KDE's
> items, or only default items, etc.

Mandrake does this to some extent with their task-based "what to do"
menu; the applications are all listed in the main menu, but there is
also a task menu, with subcategories like Use the internet -> Browse
the Web, which invokes konqueror or Galeon (or epiphany or mozilla)
depending on what you have installed and whether you're in KDE or Gnome
(or neither).

I find I use it a lot, perhaps because I remember I want to read email
more easily than the name of the email program I'm using.  Maybe it's a
sign of old age :-)


Liam Quin - XML Activity Lead, W3C, http://www.w3.org/People/Quin/
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