"Open With" dialog not user-friendly

Alexander Sack asac at ubuntu.com
Fri Feb 6 16:51:41 UTC 2009

On Fri, Feb 06, 2009 at 08:12:27AM +0000, Mackenzie Morgan wrote:
> On Fri, 2009-02-06 at 08:58 +0100, Thomas Novin wrote:
> > This bug really needs some attention:
> > 
> > https://bugs.launchpad.net/firefox/+bug/18995
> > 
> > It should, AFAIK, be a high priority bug and a release stopper. It is
> > not reasonable to expect that the average Ubuntu-user is able to find
> > the correct helper application for the file that they are downloading
> > and want to open.
> > 
> > If you open a file from Nautilus and select Open With > Other
> > Application that looks just great. Why not have the same dialog from
> > Firefox?
> Probably something to do with the fact that Firefox isn't native.  You'd
> have to bother Mozilla about adopting proper GTK+/GNOME dialogs.  While
> you're at it, point out how annoying the Browse dialog (when you want to
> upload a file to a website) is, though I'm sure they've heard it 50
> million times by now.

Problem here isnt the lack of willingness to adpt this by firefox, but
the fact that the dialog is implemented by nautilus and afaik there is
no API to properly reuse this in other apps.

If this API exists now let me know and we can look into how to
implement that in the -gnome-support component.

 - Alexander

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