Preference Files

david at david at
Tue Sep 22 22:36:09 BST 1998

Simon St.Laurent writes:

 > Has anyone started work on a standard DTD for preference files, or
 > is the expectation that everyone's going to do their own
 > differently?  It seems like something that might be useful,
 > especially in the context of some of the browser development issues
 > that have been discussed here lately.
 > If anyone knows of an existing one and wants to promote it, I'm
 > writing a chapter...  The current material uses a custom-built
 > preference file, but I'd like to generalize it.

It sounds like a good application of RDF, if you're a believer.  

Actually, one of the problems is that a generalised document type will
always mean more work than a customised one.  For example, it might be
easier for users to understand



<config type="netscape>

On the other hand, it's easier to write reusable software that deals
with the second case.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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