Preference Files

Simon St.Laurent simonstl at
Wed Sep 23 16:49:10 BST 1998

At 08:37 AM 9/23/98 -0500, Paul Prescod wrote:
>david at wrote: 
>> 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 sounds like a good application of RDF, if you're a believer.
>Whether or not you are a believer, it seems like a perfect testing ground
>for RDF ideas. For instance: what would a generalized RDF editor look
>like? Presumably, it would be suffice as your preference file editor for
>"experts" (at computing in general, not XML/RDF in specific). It would
>probably look vaguely like the Windows registry editor, but do something
>more sophisticated with embedded strucutures and links.

I think I'm going to discuss RDF but not march right into it for the
example itself.  I'm not a 'believer' (sorry, guys) and I suspect the
attributes/elements/whatever-they're-just-properties is a bit too
cutting-edge for the extremely simple application I'm producing here.  

To be honest, I think RDF needs a book (or several) of its own, and I don't
think I'm the one to write it.

Simon St.Laurent
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