[X3D-Public] Vendor agnostic/neutral icon(s)?

doug sanden highaspirations at hotmail.com
Thu Sep 25 09:01:55 PDT 2014

OK thanks, no neutral. And in win8.1 desktop, if you right-click and change the default opener app, the shell icons change to that app, so it would be like playing whac-a-mole^ to try and keep them neutral.
^ ttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whac-A-Mole 
- see Colliquial usage "futile task: each time an adversary is "whacked" it only pops up again somewhere else"

> This is very old topic that someday will be sorted out, but when you
> install, the best practice I have seen asks the user for permission to
> change default opener for each one of the "standard" X3D file
> extensions, if the extension was previously claimed. If not, put your
> icon on it and be sure it gets on the 'open with' list. I don't think
> imposing some 'neutral' icon would help - better to ask specific
> permission if file extension has already been claimed. It helps the
> user to know which applilcaion will open the type. I if you install
> and handle the file, and it is not already claimed then just claim it
> with your icon, Don't change an icon that your tool doesn't handle.:)
> All Best,
> Joe
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Don Brutzman" <brutzman at nps.edu>
> To: "doug sanden" <highaspirations at hotmail.com>
> Cc: <x3d-public at web3d.org>
> Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2014 1:48 AM
> Subject: Re: [X3D-Public] Vendor agnostic/neutral icon(s)?
>> We have long needed to provide better support and documentation for
>> this issue. It would be great to sort it all out.
>> Historically we have had problems with vendors "stepping on each
>> others toes" in this area. It would be helpful to define a baseline
>> practice and suggested ways to vary compatibly.
>> You can find some candidate images in
>> http://sourceforge.net/p/x3d/code/HEAD/tree/www.web3d.org/x3d/content/examples/Basic/images/
>> including
>> http://sourceforge.net/p/x3d/code/HEAD/tree/www.web3d.org/x3d/content/examples/Basic/images/x3d2-s.gif
>> and
>> http://sourceforge.net/p/x3d/code/HEAD/tree/www.web3d.org/x3d/content/icons/
>> including
>> http://sourceforge.net/p/x3d/code/HEAD/tree/www.web3d.org/x3d/content/icons/X3D.ico
>> http://sourceforge.net/p/x3d/code/HEAD/tree/www.web3d.org/x3d/content/icons/X3DtextIcon16.png
>> http://sourceforge.net/p/x3d/code/HEAD/tree/www.web3d.org/x3d/content/icons/X3DtextIcon.tif
>> On 9/19/2013 9:47 AM, doug sanden wrote:
>>> Q. are there free/open license icons for web3d files that are
>>> vendor neutral, that I can use when installing a web3d application,
>>> to set so called shell file associations in the file
>>> explorer/shell, so as to indicate web3d files regardless of which
>>> application(s) can open them?
>>> -Doug
>>> more...
>>> In MS windows, icons can be associated with file extensions (ie
>>> .x3d) as seen by a so-called shell or file explorer:
>>> http://dug9.users.sourceforge.net/web3d/ShellScreenshot.jpg
>>> - here .x3z and .x3db are 'unclaimed'
>>> - .wrl, .x3d and .x3dv are claimed by flux
>>> - .wrz is identified as file to be opened by a web browser (vs app)
>>> - Xj3D's icon and freewrl's icon are shown for comparison
>>> Public / contentious extensions - like all our web3d extensions
>>> .wrl, .wrz .x3d, .x3dv, .x3db - can cause a 'fight' when different
>>> applications install and attempt to claim the extensions for
>>> themselves, including imposing their vendor-specific icon on the
>>> shell. The last one installed wins.
>>> When installing freewrl, rather than imposing freewrl's icon, I'd
>>> like to put a vendor neutral icon, if there is one.
>>> even more...
>>> I noticed windows Vista and beyond has something called
>>> 'PerceivedType' for the shell ie .png is an 'image'. Probably scene
>>> files could be put as 'model'.
>>> It might be nice to show which filetypes are handled by at least
>>> one app, vs unhandled web3d files. IDEA: same icon except gray if
>>> not handled.
>>> more...
>>> I'm working over on freewrl.sourceforge.net
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>> all the best, Don
>> --
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>> brutzman at nps.edu
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