AppData: what if screenshots are the wrong aspect ratio?

drago01 drago01 at
Tue Nov 5 23:20:51 UTC 2013

On Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 10:25 PM, Jerry James <loganjerry at> wrote:
> I just took a look at making AppData xml files for the packages I
> maintain.  I started with the alphabetically first one (why not?):
> abe.  Here is my first attempt:
> <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
> <application>
>  <id type="desktop">abe.desktop</id>
>  <licence>CC0</licence>
>  <summary>Abe's Amazing Adventure</summary>
>  <description>
>   <p>
>    Abe's Amazing Adventure is a scrolling, platform-jumping, key-collecting,
>    ancient pyramid exploring game, vaguely in the style of similar games for
>    the Commodore+4.  The game is intended to show young people (I'm writing
>    it for my son's birthday) all the cool games they missed.
>   </p>
>  </description>
>  <screenshots>
>   <screenshot type="default"></screenshot>
>   <screenshot></screenshot>
>  </screenshots>
>  <url type="homepage"></url>
>  <!-- FIXME: change this to an upstream email address for spec updates
>  <updatecontact>someone_who_cares at</updatecontact>
>   -->
> </application>
> But those screenshots are not the right aspect ratio.  What is the
> right thing to do here?  Just use this anyway and let the GUIs decide
> how to resize the screenshots?  Download the screenshots and figure
> out how to massage them into the right aspect ratio on my machine?  If
> so, where do I store the massaged screenshots?
> Also, the documentation at
> doesn't say what a
> screenshot type is supposed to be.  I gathered that one should have
> type "default" and the rest should have no type by looking at some
> examples.  If that's not correct, could the documentation be updated
> to explain this, please?

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