Extending xdg-user-dirs

Dominique Michel dominique.michel at vtxnet.ch
Wed Jan 15 16:19:14 PST 2014

Le Wed, 15 Jan 2014 23:40:44 +0100,
David Nečas <yeti at physics.muni.cz> a écrit :

> On Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 10:29:49PM +0100, Alexandre Franke wrote:
> > More generically, user generated content and work files are not
> > exactly the same as purchased, downloaded, or transfered (from a
> > device) media.
> > 
> > How do you think this should be handled? So far I've seen editing
> > apps rely on newly created directories, usually in $HOME, but as I
> > understand they are the ones you're trying to move into the
> > xdg-user-dirs.
> In my experience, with users ranging from completely clueless to
> system programmers, people do not organise user-created files by
> type.  Never. Really never.

That's true. It is why I use play lists and have a central place for
them. That concept can be expanded to any kind of files like comics, or
whatever collection have an user.

FVWM-Crystal have a preference file where the users can put the path to
the root of their media files collections and associate them with a
type. It is 4 types for now, audio, video, cdrom and dvd. It is a
function associated with them that will automatically generate the play
lists into a hidden tree on which the user have no control.

It is also a menu that permit to load these play lists, and to archive
basic management of these play lists. That management is coupled to
another Playlist tree, which is permanent and visible (~/Playlists/*),
and on which the users have full control, either from the menu or by
doing whatever with the files in that visible tree.

> On the extremely clueless end of the spectrum they may not be able to
> keep any coherent organisation, but if they are able they organise
> created files by something I would call ‘projects’.  A project is a
> group of files that are united by purpose, not type.  This is a strong
> force binding the files together conceptually.  When you create a
> presentation, you want the various source pieces, documents, data,
> graphics, multimedia, references, code and whatever in one place (at
> least conceptually, if not physically).  Etc.
> IMO ‘I am working on this project now’ is a workflow that needs to be
> supported better for user-created files.  Detailed classification by
> type and application is harmful in this case and should not be
> encouraged for content creation/editing applications.
> Someone may record sound or take pictures pictures randomly.  But if
> the activity has a purpose, it is more important that ‘I am recording
> BECAUSE...’ than ‘I am recording BY THE MEANS OF...’.
> Just my 0.02 €.
> Yeti
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