Re: File chooser API for formats in Save mode

On Mon, Feb 23, 2004 at 05:18:45PM -0600, Federico Mena Quintero wrote:
> Hi,
> Seth's new design for the file chooser calls for a combo box that
> displays available formats for saving:
> We need an API for that.  My proposed API is this:
> void gtk_file_chooser_add_save_format
> void gtk_file_chooser_remove_save_format

> void gtk_file_chooser_set_save_format
> gint gtk_file_chooser_get_save_format

A few things.
1) Couldn't we just use a TreeModel and supply a minimum set of
   required fields ?  That would give apps more flexibility to store
   related things (eg a pointer to a handler)
2) Seth's design seems to mandate using a simple combo for the
   types.  That list an get fairly large and I've actually been
   meaning to move to something that supported nested types.

   Excel -> XP/2000/97
	    XP/2000/97 and 95
            HTML 4
    TeX  -> LATeX

    And obviously a recently used feature would be added by apps.

   As an extension for Seth to consider we've had a few situations
   where users want to save the parameters associated with a recent
   export (eg save as text with some seperator, and specific quoting
   convention).  Then reuse the config as if it were a new type.
   There should be room to display those too.

3) As noted in other messages handling extensions smoothly would be
    3.1) We should display filename == 'foo' rather than 'foo.xls'
	 if the extension matches the extension for the currently
	 selected type.  Do we really need more than one extension
	 per type ?  An xls is different from an xlt

    3.2) If a user enters foo.gnumeric the type should change to
         reflect that, and the extensions should be visible (to
	 avoid them typing and having the text disappear)

	 The gimp and gnumeric handle this differently right now.
	 We define a type 'auto' and only do suffix based selection
	 when that is enabled.  Otherwise we use the selected type
	 with the entered suffix, and check that the chosen suffix
	 does not match another type. (saving is ok, but
	 saving foo.xls in gnumeric format is not)

    3.3) Be wary of completion.  Right now if there is are files
	foo.xls and foo.gnumeric in the target directory and we
	enter a name of 'foo' the dialog tries to complete and
	displays foo<highlight>.</highlight>

> The file chooser would show the large_icon as the selected item in the
> combo, and the small_icons in the actual popup menu.
Presumably we could easily pass one or the other and get things
scaled ?

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