Desktop Emblems Proposed Spec

Alexander Larsson alexl at
Fri Feb 2 09:42:01 EET 2007

On Thu, 2007-02-01 at 15:24 +0100, Benedikt Meurer wrote:
> 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".

On irc i proposed having the filename be the same as the
keywork/emblem-id. It has to be unique anyway, and doing it this way
lets us look up an emblem without having to load all the emblem files
(with the corresponding perfomance problems loading many files give).

 Alexander Larsson                                            Red Hat, Inc 
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