Packaging Application Metadata

Mark Fortner phidias51 at
Mon Mar 25 07:44:31 PDT 2013

I've been wondering if there were any plans to standardize packaging
metadata?  It strikes me that we should be able to specify dock and desktop
icons, splashscreens, application names, OS-specific packaging properties
(like the ones used in Mac OS X) and dependencies in a single place that
can be used by both an application packaging tool, and on application
startup.  The JNLP file has most of these elements already and could serve
as a useful starting point.

Any thoughts?


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