Desktop Emblems Proposed Spec

Mikkel Kamstrup Erlandsen mikkel.kamstrup at
Thu Feb 1 15:07:35 EET 2007

2007/2/1, John Stowers <john.stowers.lists at>:
> Greetings,
> I am hacking on adding tagging support to Nautilus using Tracker [1].
> I have come across an area which I think warrants standardization
> between desktops.
> Nautilus currently has the concept of an emblem, which is a tag with
> an associated image. However it stores these privately and does not
> offer any further granularity regarding presenting these to users.
> Furthermore these emblems, once defined in nautilus, cannot be applied
> or accessed using other applications.
> Note that I am talking about user defned emblems, which is a superset
> of the emblem-* icons defined in the icon-theme spec.
> To address this, and some other limitations I wrote up a small
> specification [2] for an Emblem file, which is a simple variation on
> .desktop files.
> I would appreciate hearing the thoughts of other file manager, desktop
> indexer, and metadata storage system authors on the spec.

Another thing you don't seem to have covered. How would an application
determine what files have emblem X? Or how do an app set emblem X on a file
(or generally an uri)?

This doesn't strictly have to be part of the proposal though...

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