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Re: XML as a standard UNIX config file format (Re: Caldera installation - something Debian should learn)

Daniel Martin <Daniel.Martin@jhu.edu> writes:

> How about this as a start, then:
> Stage 1: Make it acceptable to have large number of things depend on
> libxml or libxmltok or some other xml parsing library - get perl's
> XML::Parser packaged if it isn't already.  Perhaps this can be skipped 
> if it takes too long; having many things use xml may cause this
> acceptance anyway.

Well, I think we need have someone package XML::Parser at any rate.

> Stage 2: Change all the _debian_specific_ tools to use XML, where
> possible.
> The best example would be something like dwww; I might also consider
> /etc/gpm.conf as a candidate for XML-ization, but I can't say that
> that makes a whole lot of sense.  (having a shell script one can
> source in the /etc/init.d script is just too useful)

Let's just start with doc-base.  I already have a design:

 * multiple versions of document registration file formats, including
   the current, 'legacy' format, also formats which include an
   extension to debiandoc-sgml, an extended RFC822 style format, and
   an XML format

 * use dublin core metadata set

 * make a large document metadata store in RDF

Anyone wanna help?  Join debian-doc and volunteer.

I'm backlogged and it's been on my queue for a year.  I'm still
interested in doing it, I just would appreciate some more hands

.....Adam Di Carlo....adam@onShore.com.....<URL:http://www.onShore.com/>

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