Tons of questions. And some patches

Frans Englich frans.englich at
Sun Jan 25 15:34:46 GMT 2004

On Sunday 25 January 2004 16:14, you wrote:
> Frans Englich writes:
> >> > * AFAICT there is clear advantages of having desktop files in a
> >> >   XML format. Why is it not so? Speed issues?
> >
> > Anyway, to me it looks like a reinvention of the wheel - for example
> > fd.o's desktop validator could easily be solved with a DTD. The
> > desktop entry standard also invents a whole new syntax, which XML
> > easily covers, AFAICT.
> You would be right if the code to do it was not already there.  Now it
> is, and writing DTD's and inventing an XML format ( yes, XML is not a
> format in itself ) 

Yes, it's a "meta" format or what you would say, it must be combined with a 

> would in fact be reinventing the wheel. 

Yupp. I'm just pondering why the .ini style was chosen in the first place. The 
discussion will not lead to anything practical, except pleasing my curiosity.



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