File format (was Re: KisKrayon gone)

Patrick Julien freak at
Wed Jan 14 02:52:53 CET 2004

On January 13, 2004 05:37 pm, Leonard Rosenthol wrote:
> At 8:32 AM -0500 1/13/04, Patrick Julien wrote:
> >The only thing I'm not sure about is the native
> >file format.  At one point, I just wanted to use XCF,
> 	XCF itself is already fragmented with GIMP and FilmGIMP (or
> whatever it is called this week) - PLUS both of those projects are
> working on "next generation file formats" to address the known
> limitations of XCF.
> >the world really doesn't need yet another image file format,
> 	Agreed!
> 	Depending on the functional needs for a file format, there
> are a number of good options - PSD, TIFF and PNG being at the top of
> the list...

I'm suprised you didn't push MIFF :)

> >  however, at the same time, to do
> >without XML in koffice might mean that we would have to override an lose
> >various features that the framework buys us.  For example, the framework
> > uses KIO so we don't have to, we always see a local document no matter
> > where it is, if we drop XML, we might also be dropping these features
> > too.
> 	XML for binary/image data is a generally bad idea...

No, Koffice file formats are XML based, but data is kept in seperate segments.  
The files are actually virtual filesystems, the data parts are stored 
seperate from the XML proper.  Then everything is stored in a zip archive.

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