[bzrweb PATCH] look up repository descriptions in a config file
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Fri May 20 14:35:24 BST 2005
On Friday 20 May 2005 01:30, Lalo Martins wrote:
> > <treedescription>
> > <title>bazaar-ng</title>
> > <shortdescription>...</shortdescription>
> > <author>..</author>
> > </treedescription>
> > It's easy to recurse off into XML schema madness though; keeping it
> > simple is definitely good.
> I passionately hate the (ab)use of XML for human-computer interaction.
> XML was designed for computer-computer and it's the only thing it's good
> for. (But then it's *very* good.) Let's not go the crackpot way of
> For parseability, I'd stick to configparser, which is much more
> human-friendly. Also, configparser allows both ini format (foo=bar) and
> rfc822 format (foo: bar) interchangeably.
The provided example is an excellent reason why XML should be considered for
this. I can easily imagine, six months from now, a proposal to add more
information to the <author> section:
Using XML will guarantee extensibility, and provides the ability to store
hierarchical structure. There are XML parsers for *every* language, and many
languages come with one; there are well-understood transformation tools; and,
last but not least, most web browsers/filesystem browsers understand it and
some can auto-magically apply CSS stylesheets to them.
Don't get me wrong: I don't think that XML is the perfect document markup.
Namespaces are a bane, it is heavy, not as easy to parse as they wanted, and
many people designing XML documents have no clue about designing data
structures. But I believe the benefits here outweigh the flaws.
This is all I'm going to say on this matter, because I don't want to get drawn
into a document markup argument. Feel free to reply, but don't expect a
response. I won't take part in an XML vs. S-Expressions / configparser /
json / yaml / markup-flavor-of-the-month war.
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