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Ogg's big mistake

I really like ogg and the guys at the Xiph foundation. They have provided us with free and good codecs for video and audio.

But they also made one big, giant, glaring mistake:

.ogg as a file extension for both video and audio.

Why is this a mistake?

Well, to put it quite simply, it confuses users and computers. Users get confused because they can't tell what is a video and what is a audio. Case in point, I downloaded Jdub's excellent 10x10 speech. If I didn't have video thumbnailing, I wouldn't know that it is a video.

Computer get confused as well. Nautilus attempts to do a sound preview of the file, as it cannot tell the difference between the ogg audio and the ogg video.

Now, it is not too late Xiph! You can define a .ogv extension for video and leave .ogg for audio alone. Please, it is a simple thing to do.

Ok, chatting with jdub it appears that Thunar is exactly what I was looking for. I happen to like their current (possible) interface. Screenshot (from here)

10 Jun 2005 (updated 10 Jun 2005 at 06:12 UTC) »

Hello, my name is Corey Burger, and I think up crazy thinks regarding usability and other related matter.

I had a crazy new thought regarding file managers. Basically, every current file manager sucks.

The current mess with Spatial in Gnome and Ubuntu, and watching a friend use the OS X 10.3 file manager led me to some thoughts:

1. Single window is nice

2. You need an easy to go up and down the file tree

3. A side pane is also useful

Thus, I had thought:

A single pane file manager, similar to the OS X one, but with a row of buttons along the top, showing the file hierarchy. A user can click those to go back up the tree. Until they go down the tree to another folder, the icons for child folders remain.

The most common area where file managers fall down the dragging files up the tree. When a user drags a group of files over the button for a folder up the tree and pauses for a second, that folder opens, allowing them to drop it there. The same would happen if they dragging them over a folder in the sidepane.

Another current area where file managers fall down is chossing which folder to highlight when you have many selected. My file manager would grey out the icons to very light and when the cursor (not greyed out) is over the button or folder, it is highlighted.

To swim down the tree with something dragging, you can highlight-open in the same way.

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