[PATCH] Add long comments to shared-mime-info XML file

Behdad Esfahbod behdad at cs.toronto.edu
Thu Oct 13 03:23:40 PDT 2005

On Thu, 13 Oct 2005, Christian Neumair wrote:

> > I don't know about this patch.  Some of your long forms are a bit too
> > long.  "Cascading Style Sheets stylesheet" and "Microsoft Windows Media
> > Video video", for example, are particularly long and redundant, and
> > would look stupid should a programmer ever actually employ the long
> > comment form.
> Maybe you could come up with alternate proposals?
> > Since a lot of what you are doing seems to be acronym expansion, I think
> > a better approach might be to use what many web pages employ nowadays,
> > namely an <abbr> tag.
> Isn't that exactly what I was proposing, just that the <abbr> tag you
> propose maps to the <comment> tag of my proposal, i.e.
>              | short desc., long desc. (expanded)
> current       <comment>,    <comment>
> your proposal <abbr>,       <comment>
> my proposal   <comment>,    <long-comment>

What about going the exact HTML way:

  <_comment><abbr title="Cascading Style Sheets">CSS</abbr> stylesheet</_comment>

Assuming that the long-comment is typically useless, this way you
have the short comment "CSS stylesheet" that most people want,
and you can have a tooltip for the under-dotted-lined "CSS", like
the browsers do these day.


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