[maemo-developers] file manager: file and application associations

From: Danny Milosavljevic danny_milo at yahoo.com
Date: Mon Aug 13 01:47:25 EEST 2007

Since the issue came up with FBReader again <http://groups.google.com/group/fbreader/browse_thread/thread/d94b00716de82b0a/80acca278e8b2e7c?hl=en>, I thought I'd repost an earlier request for clarification:

FBReader supports, among other things, HTML files. There are many books in HTML form. However, there are also websites in HTML form, etc.

Now FBReader would like to associate with the text/html file type, but if it does that, a user who wants to open websites will have problems.

If, on the other hand, FBReader doesn't associate with the text/html file type, a user who wants to open books will have problems.

Hence, it would be best if the file manager / gnome vfs supported associating "open this file with FBReader, but open that file with The Web Browser".

Every file type that is standardized (XML, ...) will have similar issues, so there really is no way this can be left out and still be usable.

Please have a look at <http://www.scratchpost.org/nokia-770/plotting/file-manager/> and reply here what you think.

If possible, I'd like to hear the opinion of the maintainer of the file manager especially.

I'd implement this myself (I did, partly, for maemo's "gnome-vfs"; but that doesn't help much), but alas, the file manager's source is not available.


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