[Kst] [Bug 85676] New: Wish for 0.99/1.0: allow datasources to have configuration dialog/settings

Nicolas Brisset nicolas.brisset at eurocopter.com
Thu Jul 22 09:19:46 CEST 2004

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           Summary: Wish for 0.99/1.0: allow datasources to have
                    configuration dialog/settings
           Product: kst
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: Compiled Sources
        OS/Version: Solaris
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Severity: wishlist
          Priority: NOR
         Component: general
        AssignedTo: kst kde org
        ReportedBy: nicolas.brisset eurocopter com

Version:           0.99 (using KDE KDE 3.2.2)
Installed from:    Compiled From Sources
Compiler:          gcc 3 
OS:                Solaris

It would be most useful to allow datasources to query options from the user by means of keys in a configuration file (kstrc ?) probably associated with a nice dialog :-)
The first obvious use of this is for ASCII files, which are often made up of:
1) a given number of header lines that should be skipped when looking for the real data
2) a line containing variable names with a common separator (one or more spaces, a tab, a semicolon, a comma) that could be parsed to offer the user of nicer choice from the wizard than plain numbers !
3) units in the same format as variables in another line, or possibly associated with the variable names (in which case they do not need to be handled specifically)

I suppose it is also quite common to have fixed-width columns, which could be another option that the user can activate (a boolean saying the data is fixed-width + a spinbox to select the width) as I suppose it would make parsing the file much faster.

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