xfdesktop menu drag and drop?

Jasper Huijsmans jasper at xfce.org
Mon Jul 5 08:06:34 CEST 2004

Brian J. Tarricone wrote:
> On Mon, 5 Jul 2004, Jasper Huijsmans wrote:
>>Brian J. Tarricone wrote:
>>>On Fri, 2 Jul 2004, Eduard Roccatello wrote:
>>>>On Fri, 2 Jul 2004 03:21:05 -0400 (EDT)
>>>>"Brian J. Tarricone" <bjt23 at cornell.edu> wrote:
>>>>>yup, it's there, but it really doesn't do anything yet.  i think if
>>>>>you drag it onto a text editor, if the editor supports it, you'll get
>>>>>the text of the item, but that's about it for now.  after i figure out
>>>>>how tod o it properly, you'll be able to drop onto the panel to add a 
>>>>>launcher.  maybe in a couple weeks.
>>>>i think we should discuss this together.
>>>>panel dnd implementation is really useful for appfinder (it is why
>>>>appfinder has been developed). Actual dnd implementation is just to pass
>>>>the path of the .desktop file and it works with menu editor (appfinder
>>>>can dnd things to menueditor).
>>>>What about it Brian?
>>>i've already talked to jasper about this, and the problem is that 
>>>there's no easy way to create a launcher programmatically (i.e., from 
>>>within the panel.
>>>for xfdesktop, at the point that we're doing a drag, we don't know what 
>>>the .desktop file is.  actually, there may not even _be_ a .desktop 
>>>file, since it may be a manually created entry in menu.xml.  so, i'm 
>>>basically sending the "contents" of the .desktop file (generated myself) 
>>>as the drag data.  obviously, if the panel can be made to support this, 
>>>adding support for receiving a text/uri (of the .desktop file) is 
>>>anything i'm missing?
>>For now, I think it would be nice to support DND of x-desktop-file 
>>target to the launcher dialog. It's not perfect, but it's better than 
> mm, that sounds doable, but i'm not sure how useful it is.  well, i 
> suppose it's useful, since it would save you on typing, but it's not a 
> very discoverable feature, and it just sounds like a hack to me: "we 
> didn't have time to implement proper DnD on the panel so you can use 
> this instead".  i _almost_ think it isn't "better than nothing".  *sigh*  
> i'll look at it sometime this week.

It might be nice to add a button to start the appfinder; that would make 
it more obvious. But perhaps that would give too much clutter in the 
dialog. I agree DND from the menu is entirely non-obvious ;)


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