Saturday, November 11, 2006

Cocoa’s Broken Proxy Icons

Erik Barzeski:

Apple is abundantly clear on how a proxy icon should behave. In a Carbon dev doc titled “Handling Carbon Windows and Controls: Basic Window Manipulation,” Apple says in a section called “Adding Window Proxy Icons”:

If you create a document window, you should add a proxy icon to the title bar. This icon, which appears next to the window’s title, serves as a proxy for the document’s icon in the Finder. This proxy icon should appear and behave the way the document’s icon does in the Finder.


In Cocoa applications, aliases are created at the drop locations—even across disks where a copy occurs in the Finder. When dragging proxy icons to the trash, nothing at all is done in Cocoa apps.

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