mime-type icons, a proposal

Waldo Bastian bastian at kde.org
Fri Oct 1 15:12:50 EEST 2004

On Monday 27 September 2004 13:40, Alexander Larsson wrote:
> On Sat, 2004-09-25 at 16:02 +0100, Thomas Leonard wrote:
> > And if you want to allow this, you need translations and inheritance of
> > catagories, in addition to icons. Even though
> > 'Catagory/Documents.Numeric' isn't a 'real' MIME type, it behaves just
> > like one. It has a translated description, a parent class, an icon, and
> > maybe some aliases.
> I'm not sure we need the full things like translations and inheritance.
> Maybe we should just call it "generic-icon-name" instead of "category"
> to avoid confusing it with something more complicated that we don't
> need.

I don't see problems with treating them as regular MIME types. The only 
difference is that your file-type detection function would never return them. 
I wouldn't restrict it to icons only.

It allows the user to express things like "find all wordprocessor documents", 
regardless of whether they are made with kword, MSWord, openoffice of 

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