Packaging Application Metadata

Richard Bair richard.bair at
Mon Mar 25 13:42:11 PDT 2013

>> Having said that, I'd personally leave JNLP and Applet completely alone and
>> only look at the newer deployment options for this sort of stuff. They are
>> likely to be unusable options before too long as browsers stop plugins and
>> OS's lock into app stores. The horrid legacy of JNLP and Applet hinder all
>> the new options (app stores, native installers, mobile, etc) from evolving
>> quickly. Some people will likely object to that though, just my opinion.
> I think that is the right way to go.  Start fresh and it should be possible to generate the legacy format information for JNLP or Applets from the new format.
> It would be nice for icons to have the tool do the conversion from plain old image files (32-bit PNG).  Supply various size and let the tool generate any missing sizes that might be needed so a reasonable .ico or .icns file is created for both Windows and Mac.

That is my preference as well. If you can supply the right stuff specially, then we will use it, but to the extent reasonable we should just automatically handle a lot of these more annoying differences.


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