Desktop Emblems Proposed Spec

Benedikt Meurer benny at
Thu Feb 1 16:24:23 EET 2007

John Stowers wrote:
> 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.

Maybe I've missed something here, but how does the file manager lookup
the .emblem file for a given keyword? Does the file manager really have
to load all .emblem files first? If yes, I'd strongly suggest to drop
the Keyword key and use an "emblem-id" instead, similar to the "desktop-id".

> John


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