XML Desktop config files (was: Re: Tons of questions. And some patches

Yves Glodt yg at mind.lu
Mon Jan 26 14:02:55 GMT 2004

> On Saturday 24 January 2004 15:27, Frans Englich wrote:
>> * AFAICT there is clear advantages of having desktop files in a XML
>> format. Why is it not so? Speed issues?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the "desktop file" a so called
freedesktop.org standard...? IIRC Gnome uses the same sort of files.

> I believe that KDE on the Company desktop would have to cooperate with
> popular  configuration management tools. In this sense it would be an
> advantage to use  XML configuration files.
> I am currently working on a KConfigINIBackEnd rewrite. If this would be
> welcome, I could also support additional line terminations for MAC or
> Windows, UTF-8/Base64 encoding and a hook for XML. The parser would be
> able  to detect XML files and delegate their interpretation to some new
> code.
> The XML code could use QT's SAX parser. Unfortunately this is somewhat
> slower  then the current INI-style format. But XML could be kept
> optional - using the  traditional style the new parser would not be
> slower. A config file in XML  could look like (ask me for a shema or
> DTD):
> <?xml .....>
> <kdeconfig version="1">
>    <group name="xyz" options="i">
>       <entry key="hello" options="d" value="alle meine entlein"/>
>       <entry key="one" locale="xx_xx" value="1"/>
>    </group>
>    <group name="binary data example">
>       <entry key ="bin" base64="fkdjflkdfjdlkfjdjlfjjf"/>
>    </group>
> </kdeconfig>
> Is anybody interested?
> Yours J├╝rgen

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