[TxMt] The file association war
jeremy at igneramos.com
Thu Sep 21 15:28:18 UTC 2006
On Sep 21, 2006, at 11:08 AM, Allan Odgaard wrote:
>  It might actually be, that the system picks the newest one,
> logically that wouldn’t be a bad assumption, that the newest app
> which can handle a document type, is the one the user wants to use
> for that document type -- but for people trying out new software,
> it would almost always be a bad heuristic.
I believe it is a FILO stack - so the newest does take precedence
(though I've done zero research to back it up), though I believe the
document creator code and file type flags are more heavily weighted
than document extensions.
I generally avoid the file association war entirely, and do one of
two things when opening documents for which I have more than one editor:
1) open from within the app
2) drag & drop - drag the document icon to the app icon. (the latter
is the one I use most often).
Frankly, I think file associations will always be problematic for non-
proprietary documents (regardless of platform), but a usable
interface for the LaunchServices database would be nice to have.
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