Needs feedback: Work on new "intents" spec

Jerome Leclanche adys.wh at
Fri Mar 16 03:24:53 PDT 2012

Hi chrysn,

I did look up android intents when I picked the name. The other name I had
in mind was "services" but that's a very different concept on Linux. It is
to be expected though that an extremely similar concept would be named that
way on a different platform. I do not think there would be confusion as:
 - Android does not have xdg-compliant apps
 - "Android intents" and "XDG intents" are two different-but-similar names
for two different-but-similar concepts.

I am fully opened to suggestions for a different name anyway :)

J. Leclanche

On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 9:55 AM, chrysn <chrysn at> wrote:

> hello jerome,
> On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 07:44:54PM +0000, Jerome Leclanche wrote:
> > During the past couple of weeks, I've been working on a spec for intents
> > (best name I could come up with).
> care should be taken when using that name in that context, as that very
> name ("intents") is used on the android platform for a very similar
> concept -- that could lead to confusion.
> i'm just an android user, but to give you an idea of what "intents" mean
> there, an application could offer to
> android.intent.action.DIAL any url starting with tel:
> or an application that uses the address book would ask the os to
> android.intent.action.EDIT contact://contacts/people/1
> it might even be worth looking into it in more detail, maybe it's
> similar enough to be compatible.
> the android intents are documented on [1].
> regards
> chrysn
> [1]
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