[Kst] ASCII config patch
staikos at kde.org
Tue Feb 1 02:02:33 CET 2005
On Monday 31 January 2005 13:26, Barth Netterfield wrote:
> Regarding ascii configuration:
> It seems to me that perhaps the correct way to do this is to make a
> separate csv data source, rather than using the generic ascii one. csv
> seems to be pretty well documented - see
> and, as it is used by exel, very common. So it would be really great to
> support it.
I agree with this one. I was thinking the same thing when I read the
> Supporting csv via a highly configureable generic data source, however,
> seems like the *wrong* way to do it. I would prefer a virtually
> non-configurable data source which supports it directly.
Right, it starts to get very specialized for the ascii source.
> The one configuration option we *might* need is whether the first row
> contains field names. We could guess correctly with pretty high
> reliability, by seeing if the first row is numbers or not, but we should
> allow a checkbox override to our guess.
> I guess we could provide pretty reliable heurisics to decide if the file is
> csv or generic ascii (eg, is it comma separated... does it end in .csv) but
> we might want to provide a way of overriding the choice in the datasource
> selection widget.
> In the first instance, we should try for the pure automagic approach.
Manually overriding the data source choice is a possibility, but I am sure
it can cause crashes. For instance, I bet some of the libraries out there
just don't expect to see horribly corrupt files (which is what a file of the
wrong type would look like).
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