Re: commit: Document server code for AbiCommand.

From: Alan Horkan (
Date: Mon Dec 15 2003 - 12:58:48 EST

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    On Mon, 15 Dec 2003, Dom Lachowicz wrote:

    > Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2003 07:26:30 -0800 (PST)
    > From: Dom Lachowicz <>
    > To:
    > Subject: Re: commit: Document server code for AbiCommand.


    > This sounds like a genuinely bad idea (tm). It's
    > probably not yours, but I still feel that this has to
    > be said.

    This is what I thought before, way back when Nautilus first started
    thumnailing text based documents (although I used harsher language and
    probably mentioned White Elephant a few times).

    Martin explained that he found it extremely useful because he (in an
    extremely organised manner) puts a title or description at the top of
    every document, so a thumbnail/preview of the first few lines is actually
    useful (and as result I've tried to be more organised and do something
    similar). It strikes me that the Title, description, or other metadata is
    what would be most useful in a File Manager. There may be other
    circumstances where graphical thumbnails of abiword might be useful but I
    dont think the file manager or the 'document asssociation engine' (aka
    Dashboard) is it.

    I use very little formatting on my documents and I may be able to
    distinguish some jotted down notes from a formal letter but most of the
    time a thumbnailing feature is not much use. Maybe I should start putting
    background images in all my documents? Aaah, even better would be if I
    could specify a custom Icon for anything I wanted (and maybe some sort of
    pen emblem on all the Wordprocessor documents. Being able to label the
    folder icons all sorts of 'hot colours' too, or even as I've seen in some
    file managers, overlay the folder icon with thumbnails of some of the
    files inside it. I'm getting a bit nostalgic for all the messing with
    icons i used to do on the old Mac (and rambling wildly offtopic).

    Thumbnailing of web pages works slighly better because at the moment so
    many websites have a lot of graphic design and you have some chance of
    distinguishing one website from another but not much chance of
    distinguishing pages within a site.

    I had a point there somewhere but I think I've lost it. I'm sure this
    work will prove useful to some people and interesting to a whole lot more,
    but I agree with Dom that the application of this idea is a bit odd but I
    suspect that other interesting uses will come out of this.


    Alan Horkan

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