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Re: mime type of zim notes


Hi Marcel and Svenn,

Obviously Jaap will have to decide as it's his project. But I'd be
very much in favour of using a different file extension for zim's
files. I see only benefits. We gain the ability to do a fast mimetype
determination and with it the ability to integrate into things like
Zeitgeist. It won't change the ability to open zim files in a plain
text editor such as vim or gedit. In fact, if anyone needs this, all
they need to do is change the default program for the mimetype (which
is easily done from Nautilus) or access from the open dialogue of the
program. I note that the mime file for zim describes zim's format as a
subset of plain text, so you would hope that anything that struggled
with the idea of text/x-zim-wiki would see text/plain and treat it as

I can't remember for sure, but I seem to recall older versions of zim
(perhaps even back to the Perl Zim) not having the current header
information etc. that they do. Perhaps Jaap could confirm whether I'm
imagining this or not. In those days, it would obviously make sense
for them to be referred to as plain text, because that's actually all
they were. Now it's closer to file format in its own right.


On Sun, Dec 4, 2011 at 10:09 PM, Svenn Are Bjerkem
<svenn.bjerkem@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 4 December 2011 22:49, Marcel Stimberg
> <stimberg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Hi Michael,
>> I think there are two solutions to this problem:
>> * Register the .txt extension for the text/x-zim-wiki mime type --
>> this has the small disadvantage that for all .txt files, a time-costly
>> (relatively speaking) content lookup has to be performed
>> * Use a different extension for zim notes (e.g. Tomboy uses .note)
>> Any thoughts on this?
> I really would like to see zim accept that .txt files are pure text
> files and not supposed to be interpreted. Maybe making the extension
> configurable in the notebook.zim file? Using 'find' or 'locate' in
> unix looking for files with ending .txt seldom show me only my zim
> notebook pages.
> --
> Svenn
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