mime apps specification

Jerome Leclanche adys.wh at gmail.com
Sat Apr 5 15:11:02 PDT 2014

For what it's worth, I agree. However the use case of browsers asking
to be default has to be taken into account, and we are very far from
being able to offer them an api to *properly* become so.
J. Leclanche

On Sat, Apr 5, 2014 at 9:04 PM, Jasper St. Pierre <jstpierre at mecheye.net> wrote:
> No idea how "DPNH" got there. Cat on a keyboard or something.
> RealPlayer was an app known for making terrible forceful customizations to
> the user's system on Windows. If you deleted the Start Menu, Desktop, or
> Quick Launch shortcut and ran RealPlayer, it would notice and re-add all the
> shortcuts. If it wasn't the default MIME handler, it would silently
> reregister itself for all media types it supported.
> Having an official way to do this is a way to tell ISVs that they *should*
> do this, that it's recommended practice if you have an app that handles a
> MIME type. Apps that want to force their way into the user's customizations
> are RealPlayer, and we should let them feel shameful hacking up
> /usr/share/applications/mimeapps.list on install, and bare the
> responsibility if it breaks, not give them an API for it.
> On Sat, Apr 5, 2014 at 5:12 AM, David Faure <faure at kde.org> wrote:
>> On Friday 04 April 2014 16:54:01 Jasper St. Pierre wrote:
>> > > No. Application here means ISVs. E.g. if a third-party application
>> > > like
>> > > Skype, Google Earth, etc. absolutely wants to make itself default upon
>> > > installation.
>> >
>> > This seems like a poor choice to me. Do we have any use cases for this?
>> > It
>> > seems to me like this would be giving the app the RealPlayer API, which
>> > is
>> > not something I'm comfortable doing. DPNH
>> I don't understand the relation to RealPlayer or "DPNH",
>> but about the whole ISV idea is: since I suspect some apps will want to
>> set
>> themselves as default upon installation (even if we don't agree with it),
>> we
>> might as well provide a way to do this cleanly rather than seeing these
>> apps
>> hack into /usr/share/applications/mimeapps.list.
>> In any case this is the same level as sysadmin customizations, so whether
>> or
>> not ISVs use it doesn't change anything to the spec.
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