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Re: Google Summer of Code Ideas


Great application everyone,

I made a number of textual refinements to the GSOC text, hopefully
beneficial! Someone with edit capability could pull them in the text
(if the GSOC-related people agree).

I haven't gone through the ideas yet. I will try to do it tonight and
work on a "snapshots/time-machine" section as well (and RFC!).

Good luck!

On Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 5:16 PM, Sergey "Shnatsel" Davidoff
<sergey@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> OK, I have an idea that's been collecting the metaphorical dust for many a
> month.
> In a nutshell, the current "Open or Save?" dialogs in web browsers that they
> show when encountering a non-web file are terrible; how can I choose if I
> want to keep the file before I even see it? And why the hell can't I keep
> the file without re-downloading it?
> The proper UX would be to open all files that are not web pages in a
> dedicated viewer, and the dedicated viewer should then allow to save the
> file for later after you see the contents and possibly edit it.
> This should apply even if the browser sort of supports this file type, e.g.
> for images - web browsers make for terrible image viewers!
> AFAIR the basic idea got the green light from Dan, I believe he will reply
> to this thread if he has anything to add :)
> I think had a slightly more complete writeup here:
> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kfI-JB80egEmix0HIJkDkDtMHGF_xeQMqQANqIxxnlo/edit
> This sounds like a trivial feature, but it would make worlds of difference
> and it is not trivial to implement because you need a FreeDesktop.org-vetted
> protocol for signalling "show the save button" from browser to apps, you
> need support for this workflow in both web browser and apps, you need to
> handle legacy apps and be able to tell which are which, you need the "keep
> this file" action to be extensible and system-defined so that we could do
> things like keeping all viewed files for a week without altering the apps,
> and a metric ton of other details.
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> Sergey "Shnatsel" Davidoff
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