New properties for StatusNotifierItem: Desktop Key (3/3)

Ted Gould ted at
Thu Feb 3 15:38:18 CET 2011

On Thu, 2011-02-03 at 14:45 +0100, Marco Martin wrote:
> On Thursday 03 February 2011, Ted Gould wrote:
> > We'd like to suggest an additional key for .desktop files that lists the
> > IDs of Status Notifier Items that an application exports.  This will
> > allow us to better match SNI items when we are using them as quicklists,
> > as errors are very embarrassing ;)  For this key we're suggesting:
> > X-KDE-StatusNotifierItems which would be a list of strings.
> I think I like this.
> this goes well with our idea of merging the taskbar and the status notifier 
> item as well.
> could still be a bit error prone, but i can't think of more automatic ways. it 
> could also be done on the other way around, by having a list of desktop file 
> paths as a property of the notifier item, but wouldn't be better I think...

Yeah, it's not impossible to have errors.  We hope that distro's would
be able to police that some though (and distro patch appropriately).
Perhaps a "naming guide" would be appropriate so there is less conflict?

WRT the desktop file being a property I like that too.  The only caveat
is that with libindicate we did that, and we've gotten a surprising
amount of push back from developers.  I'm really unclear on why, but
they don't like having the path to the desktop file in their code.  I
honestly think they're being irrational, but just to let you know there
is some concern there.


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