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32     <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">GLEP:</th><td class="field-body">16</td>
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34     <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Title:</th><td class="field-body">Gentoo Menu System</td>
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36 g2boojum 1.4 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Version:</th><td class="field-body">1.4</td>
37 liquidx 1.1 </tr>
38 g2boojum 1.4 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Last-Modified:</th><td class="field-body"><a class="reference" href="http://www.gentoo.org/cgi-bin/viewcvs.cgi/xml/htdocs/proj/en/glep/glep-0016.txt?cvsroot=gentoo">2004/05/04 17:52:27</a></td>
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40     <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Author:</th><td class="field-body">Heinrich Wendel &lt;lanius&#32;&#97;t&#32;gentoo.org&gt;,</td>
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42     <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Status:</th><td class="field-body">Draft</td>
43     </tr>
44     <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Type:</th><td class="field-body">Standards Track</td>
45     </tr>
46     <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Content-Type:</th><td class="field-body"><a class="reference" href="glep-0002.html">text/x-rst</a></td>
47     </tr>
48     <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Created:</th><td class="field-body">09-Sep-2003</td>
49     </tr>
50 g2boojum 1.4 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Post-History:</th><td class="field-body">04-Oct-2003, 11-Dec-2003, 13-Dec-2003, 4-May-2004</td>
51 liquidx 1.1 </tr>
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55     <div class="contents topic" id="contents">
56     <p class="topic-title"><a name="contents">Contents</a></p>
57     <ul class="simple">
58 g2boojum 1.4 <li><a class="reference" href="#definitions" id="id29" name="id29">Definitions</a></li>
59     <li><a class="reference" href="#abstract" id="id30" name="id30">Abstract</a></li>
60     <li><a class="reference" href="#motivation" id="id31" name="id31">Motivation</a></li>
61     <li><a class="reference" href="#rationale" id="id32" name="id32">Rationale</a></li>
62     <li><a class="reference" href="#specification" id="id33" name="id33">Specification</a></li>
63     <li><a class="reference" href="#implementation-status" id="id34" name="id34">Implementation / Status</a></li>
64     <li><a class="reference" href="#credits" id="id35" name="id35">Credits</a></li>
65     <li><a class="reference" href="#references" id="id36" name="id36">References</a></li>
66     <li><a class="reference" href="#copyright" id="id37" name="id37">Copyright</a></li>
67 liquidx 1.1 </ul>
68     </div>
69     <div class="section" id="definitions">
70 g2boojum 1.4 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id29" name="definitions">Definitions</a></h1>
71 liquidx 1.1 <blockquote>
72     <dl>
73     <dt><em>APP</em></dt>
74     <dd>A graphical application that should be listed in the menus.</dd>
75     <dt><em>WM</em></dt>
76     <dd>A program containing a menu manager (i.e. a program that can display a menu, e.g. a windowmanager).</dd>
77     </dl>
78     </blockquote>
79     </div>
80     <div class="section" id="abstract">
81 g2boojum 1.4 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id30" name="abstract">Abstract</a></h1>
82 liquidx 1.1 <p>This GLEP handles a proposal for the following two goals:</p>
83     <ul class="simple">
84     <li>Create a common menu layout, which would be independent of the WM.
85 g2boojum 1.2 This point is quite important for those people who use more than one WM.</li>
86 liquidx 1.1 <li>Provide a common way to add applications to the menus.</li>
87     </ul>
88     </div>
89     <div class="section" id="motivation">
90 g2boojum 1.4 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id31" name="motivation">Motivation</a></h1>
91 liquidx 1.1 <p>GNOME, KDE, Fluxbox, to name only a few, have all their own ways of handling
92 g2boojum 1.2 menus. There have been several requests <a class="footnote-reference" href="#id15" id="id1" name="id1">[1]</a> <a class="footnote-reference" href="#id16" id="id2" name="id2">[2]</a> <a class="footnote-reference" href="#id17" id="id3" name="id3">[3]</a> <a class="footnote-reference" href="#id18" id="id4" name="id4">[4]</a> <a class="footnote-reference" href="#id19" id="id5" name="id5">[5]</a> <a class="footnote-reference" href="#id20" id="id6" name="id6">[6]</a> from
93 liquidx 1.1 users to streamline these menus. Furthermore there are several bug reports
94 g2boojum 1.2 about applications not having a menu entry <a class="footnote-reference" href="#id21" id="id7" name="id7">[7]</a>, but since there is not
95 liquidx 1.1 standard way to create such an entry, they are just sitting around in
96     bugzilla.</p>
97     </div>
98     <div class="section" id="rationale">
99 g2boojum 1.4 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id32" name="rationale">Rationale</a></h1>
100 liquidx 1.1 <p>The idea of a common menu system is not new to the Linux world, every big
101     distribution (Debian, Mandrake, RedHat, Suse) has such a system. The big DE's,
102 g2boojum 1.2 KDE and GNOME, with the help of freedesktop.org <a class="footnote-reference" href="#id22" id="id8" name="id8">[8]</a>, are also trying to
103 liquidx 1.1 implement one standard. That will most likely happen in GNOME 2.6 and KDE 3.2
104     (Currently they are only implementing different versions of the
105     desktop-entry-spec, but interpreting it in an incompatible way). But there
106 g2boojum 1.2 are still many other WM's that currently don't support these specs. So we are
107     trying to base our work on the specifications GNOME and KDE are going to use.
108     (These are no official standards but evolving specifications). This has the
109     following advantages:</p>
110 liquidx 1.1 <ul class="simple">
111     <li>follow specified standards</li>
112     <li>i18n support</li>
113     <li>provide the necessary flexibility and modularity</li>
114     <li>integrate with small changes to our ebuildtree.</li>
115     <li>support for per system and per user menus</li>
116     </ul>
117     </div>
118     <div class="section" id="specification">
119 g2boojum 1.4 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id33" name="specification">Specification</a></h1>
120 g2boojum 1.2 <p>We are trying to follow these specifications:</p>
121     <ul class="simple">
122     <li>Desktop Entry Specification <a class="footnote-reference" href="#id23" id="id9" name="id9">[9]</a></li>
123     <li>Menu Specification <a class="footnote-reference" href="#id24" id="id10" name="id10">[10]</a></li>
124     <li>Icon Theme Specification <a class="footnote-reference" href="#id25" id="id11" name="id11">[11]</a></li>
125     </ul>
126     <p>There are two libraries that offer an API to these specifications:</p>
127     <ul class="simple">
128     <li>PyXDG <a class="footnote-reference" href="#id26" id="id12" name="id12">[12]</a> (written in python)</li>
129     <li>Desktop File Utils <a class="footnote-reference" href="#id27" id="id13" name="id13">[13]</a> (written in C)</li>
130 liquidx 1.1 </ul>
131 g2boojum 1.2 <p>Our goal is to patch the WM's with the help of these libraries to support the
132     specifications. APP's then only have to install a .desktop entry <a class="footnote-reference" href="#id23" id="id14" name="id14">[9]</a> and
133 g2boojum 1.3 optionally an icon and will be listed in all menus. This installation could
134 g2boojum 1.4 easily be done by two portage commands (domenu, doicon).</p>
135     </div>
136     <div class="section" id="implementation-status">
137     <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id34" name="implementation-status">Implementation / Status</a></h1>
138     <p>This GLEP exists for a long time now, still it is not accepted. I will outline
139     the current status:</p>
140     <ul class="simple">
141     <li>KDE 3.2 (x86) supports this specification</li>
142     <li>GNOME 2.6 (~x86) support this specification</li>
143     <li>domenu[<a class="reference" href="#id26">12</a>] has to be included in portage to be used by the ebuilds to
144     install a desktop entry</li>
145     <li>Somebody needs to write patches for the other WM's:</li>
146     </ul>
147     <p>We should focus on adding support to the following WM's first:</p>
148     <ul class="simple">
149     <li>xfce, blackblox / fluxbox / openbox / waimea / kahakai, icewm</li>
150     <li>fvwm, windowmaker, enlightment, afterstep</li>
151     </ul>
152     <p>The following are not so important, but support some kind of applications
153     menu:</p>
154     <ul class="simple">
155     <li>aewm / aewm++ / evilwm / windowlab / oroborus, amiwm, ctwm, flwm</li>
156     <li>golem, larswm, pekwm, plwm, pwm, qvwm, selectwm, treewm, trwm</li>
157     <li>vtwm, xpde</li>
158     </ul>
159 liquidx 1.1 </div>
160     <div class="section" id="credits">
161 g2boojum 1.4 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id35" name="credits">Credits</a></h1>
162 g2boojum 1.2 <p>Based on suggestions from former discussions on the gentoo bugzilla,
163     mailinglists and forums.</p>
164 liquidx 1.1 </div>
165     <div class="section" id="references">
166 g2boojum 1.4 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id36" name="references">References</a></h1>
167 g2boojum 1.2 <table class="footnote" frame="void" id="id15" rules="none">
168 liquidx 1.1 <colgroup><col class="label" /><col /></colgroup>
169     <tbody valign="top">
170 g2boojum 1.2 <tr><td class="label"><a class="fn-backref" href="#id1" name="id15">[1]</a></td><td><a class="reference" href="http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=5510">http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=5510</a></td></tr>
171 liquidx 1.1 </tbody>
172     </table>
173 g2boojum 1.2 <table class="footnote" frame="void" id="id16" rules="none">
174 liquidx 1.1 <colgroup><col class="label" /><col /></colgroup>
175     <tbody valign="top">
176 g2boojum 1.2 <tr><td class="label"><a class="fn-backref" href="#id2" name="id16">[2]</a></td><td><a class="reference" href="http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=10429">http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=10429</a></td></tr>
177 liquidx 1.1 </tbody>
178     </table>
179 g2boojum 1.2 <table class="footnote" frame="void" id="id17" rules="none">
180 liquidx 1.1 <colgroup><col class="label" /><col /></colgroup>
181     <tbody valign="top">
182 g2boojum 1.2 <tr><td class="label"><a class="fn-backref" href="#id3" name="id17">[3]</a></td><td><a class="reference" href="http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=4884">http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=4884</a></td></tr>
183 liquidx 1.1 </tbody>
184     </table>
185 g2boojum 1.2 <table class="footnote" frame="void" id="id18" rules="none">
186 liquidx 1.1 <colgroup><col class="label" /><col /></colgroup>
187     <tbody valign="top">
188 g2boojum 1.2 <tr><td class="label"><a class="fn-backref" href="#id4" name="id18">[4]</a></td><td><a class="reference" href="http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=25797">http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=25797</a></td></tr>
189 liquidx 1.1 </tbody>
190     </table>
191 g2boojum 1.2 <table class="footnote" frame="void" id="id19" rules="none">
192 liquidx 1.1 <colgroup><col class="label" /><col /></colgroup>
193     <tbody valign="top">
194 g2boojum 1.2 <tr><td class="label"><a class="fn-backref" href="#id5" name="id19">[5]</a></td><td><a class="reference" href="http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=66754">http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=66754</a></td></tr>
195 liquidx 1.1 </tbody>
196     </table>
197 g2boojum 1.2 <table class="footnote" frame="void" id="id20" rules="none">
198 liquidx 1.1 <colgroup><col class="label" /><col /></colgroup>
199     <tbody valign="top">
200 g2boojum 1.2 <tr><td class="label"><a class="fn-backref" href="#id6" name="id20">[6]</a></td><td><a class="reference" href="http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?p=263106#263106">http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?p=263106#263106</a></td></tr>
201 liquidx 1.1 </tbody>
202     </table>
203 g2boojum 1.2 <table class="footnote" frame="void" id="id21" rules="none">
204 liquidx 1.1 <colgroup><col class="label" /><col /></colgroup>
205     <tbody valign="top">
206 g2boojum 1.2 <tr><td class="label"><a class="fn-backref" href="#id7" name="id21">[7]</a></td><td><a class="reference" href="http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=25756">http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=25756</a></td></tr>
207 liquidx 1.1 </tbody>
208     </table>
209 g2boojum 1.2 <table class="footnote" frame="void" id="id22" rules="none">
210 liquidx 1.1 <colgroup><col class="label" /><col /></colgroup>
211     <tbody valign="top">
212 g2boojum 1.2 <tr><td class="label"><a class="fn-backref" href="#id8" name="id22">[8]</a></td><td><a class="reference" href="http://www.freedesktop.org">http://www.freedesktop.org</a></td></tr>
213 liquidx 1.1 </tbody>
214     </table>
215 g2boojum 1.2 <table class="footnote" frame="void" id="id23" rules="none">
216 liquidx 1.1 <colgroup><col class="label" /><col /></colgroup>
217     <tbody valign="top">
218 g2boojum 1.2 <tr><td class="label"><a name="id23">[9]</a></td><td><em>(<a class="fn-backref" href="#id9">1</a>, <a class="fn-backref" href="#id14">2</a>)</em> Desktop Entry Specification
219 liquidx 1.1 [<a class="reference" href="http://www.freedesktop.org/standards/desktop-entry-spec/0.9.4/">http://www.freedesktop.org/standards/desktop-entry-spec/0.9.4/</a>]</td></tr>
220     </tbody>
221     </table>
222 g2boojum 1.2 <table class="footnote" frame="void" id="id24" rules="none">
223 liquidx 1.1 <colgroup><col class="label" /><col /></colgroup>
224     <tbody valign="top">
225 g2boojum 1.2 <tr><td class="label"><a class="fn-backref" href="#id10" name="id24">[10]</a></td><td>Menu Specification
226     [<a class="reference" href="http://www.freedesktop.org/standards/menu-spec/0.8/">http://www.freedesktop.org/standards/menu-spec/0.8/</a>]</td></tr>
227 liquidx 1.1 </tbody>
228     </table>
229 g2boojum 1.2 <table class="footnote" frame="void" id="id25" rules="none">
230 liquidx 1.1 <colgroup><col class="label" /><col /></colgroup>
231     <tbody valign="top">
232 g2boojum 1.2 <tr><td class="label"><a class="fn-backref" href="#id11" name="id25">[11]</a></td><td>Icon Theme Specification
233 liquidx 1.1 [<a class="reference" href="http://www.freedesktop.org/standards/icon-theme-spec/0.7/">http://www.freedesktop.org/standards/icon-theme-spec/0.7/</a>]</td></tr>
234     </tbody>
235     </table>
236 g2boojum 1.2 <table class="footnote" frame="void" id="id26" rules="none">
237 liquidx 1.1 <colgroup><col class="label" /><col /></colgroup>
238     <tbody valign="top">
239 g2boojum 1.2 <tr><td class="label"><a class="fn-backref" href="#id12" name="id26">[12]</a></td><td>PyXDG
240 g2boojum 1.3 [<a class="reference" href="http://www.freedesktop.org/software/pyxdg">http://www.freedesktop.org/software/pyxdg</a>]</td></tr>
241 liquidx 1.1 </tbody>
242     </table>
243 g2boojum 1.2 <table class="footnote" frame="void" id="id27" rules="none">
244 liquidx 1.1 <colgroup><col class="label" /><col /></colgroup>
245     <tbody valign="top">
246 g2boojum 1.2 <tr><td class="label"><a class="fn-backref" href="#id13" name="id27">[13]</a></td><td>Desktop File Utils
247     [<a class="reference" href="http://www.freedesktop.org/software/desktop-file-utils">http://www.freedesktop.org/software/desktop-file-utils</a>]</td></tr>
248 liquidx 1.1 </tbody>
249     </table>
250 g2boojum 1.4 <table class="footnote" frame="void" id="id28" rules="none">
251     <colgroup><col class="label" /><col /></colgroup>
252     <tbody valign="top">
253     <tr><td class="label"><a name="id28">[14]</a></td><td>domenu
254     [<a class="reference" href="http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=25756">http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=25756</a>]</td></tr>
255     </tbody>
256     </table>
257 liquidx 1.1 </div>
258     <div class="section" id="copyright">
259 g2boojum 1.4 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id37" name="copyright">Copyright</a></h1>
260 liquidx 1.1 <p>This document has been placed in the public domain.</p>
261     </div>
262     </div>
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