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Re: Opinions welcome: Restructuring the system menus

Matthias Clasen wrote:
On Sun, 2007-12-16 at 20:10 -0800, Andrew Farris wrote:

I don't think its that bad to have each entry in one menu as long as they are
different, just adding the actual application name to the front or back of the
menu text would be fine:
Text Editor - GEdit
Text Editor - Mousepad

Mousepad - Text Editor
Gedit - Text Editor

We've already got that type of setup going on many menus, like gThumb Image
Viewer and Xpdf PDF Viewer, and both Firefox Web Browser and Epiphany Web Browser.

Either way works fine really and avoids submenus, I just agree with you Stewart
that the general naming is a bit out of hand when you end up with exact
duplicates and can't tell what is what until you try it.

We may indeed have to give up the generic naming that was very nice
while we had the luxury to define the menu layout for a single default
install. In the new multi-spin world order, we may have to accept the
"name - generic name" style, even if it break localization to a certain

For the general problem of menu overcrowding in everything or k+g
installations, I believe that only moving to a dynamic menu system like
bigboard will significantly improve the situation.


Why not have a this configurable? The .desktop file format supports specification of name and generic name independently, why not let the user decide what permutation of these is displayed? Then we can just fight over the default :)


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