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Re: Table design for application options

From: Dawn M. Wolthuis <dwolt_at_tincat-group.comREMOVE>
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2004 15:34:19 -0600
Message-ID: <cpqal1$7lr$1@news.netins.net>


"Hugo Kornelis" <hugo_at_pe_NO_rFact.in_SPAM_fo> wrote in message news:qba1s0dfjr0itr3db35osd2jgjr2supd0i_at_4ax.com...
> On Wed, 15 Dec 2004 15:08:29 -0600, Dawn M. Wolthuis wrote:
>
>>It isn't overkill to use a text file and delimit your parameters with xml
>>tags in something referred to as an XML document. In this case I would
>>suggest it is overkill to have an xsd or dtd file to correspond to an XML
>>parameter document. Having the tags just makes it a tad bit easier to
>>understand and less likely to make mistakes when maintaining the parameter
>>data than if you used a comma-quote delimited file for the same purpose.
>
> Hi Dawn,
>
> mAmsterdam was comparing XML to traditional techniques as .INI files. I
> agree with him (her?) - I fail to see how
>
> <DialogSettings>
> <XPos>372</XPos>
> <YPos>249</YPos>
> <XSize>280</XSize>
> <YSize>292</YSize>
> <IsMinimized>0</IsMinimized>
> <IsMaximized>0</IsMaximized>
> <IsHidden>0</IsHidden>
> <IsTopMost>0</IsTopMost>
> <ShowTrayStatus>0</ShowTrayStatus>
> </DialogSettings>
>
> Would be more readable then
>
> [DialogSettings]
> XPos=372
> YPos=249
> XSize=280
> YSize=292
> IsMinimized=0
> IsMaximized=0
> IsHidden=0
> IsTopMost=0
> ShowTrayStatus=0
>
> (this is the content of an actual .INI file on my computer)

You are right. There is nothing easier about that.

I haven't seen this standardized other than for Microsoft, however, and XML is a standard (in some ways), but I'll have to agree with you guys (yup, mAsterdam is male and I'm guessing you are too) that the ,ini file is clearer. --dawn

> Best, Hugo
> --
>
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