[Dev] XML for CPIA
stearns at osafoundation.org
Wed Aug 10 11:25:15 PDT 2005
I'm looking forward to declaring UI elements in Python because Python is
much more flexible and concise than XML. For instance, if you look at
the detail view's parcel.xml today, you see a lot of the same structures
(like "an area containing a label and an attribute editor") and
constants (like the borders around various blocks).
The thing I hate most about parcel.xml is that there's no way for me to
represent or encapsulate this repetiton; the new proposal suffers from
the same problem. Declaring things in Python will let me parameterize
generation of these elements. (Getting names of blocks right is trivial,
but getting things to align consistently, given native-control weirdness
across platforms, has consumed inordinately-huge amounts of my time.)
Alec Flett wrote:
> I feel like folks are leaning towards pje's python .update mechanism
> as the GUT of item declaration.. and I think that's a mistake and I
> think its because people feel burned by parcel.xml. Its the underlying
> API sure, but if we never HAD parcel.xml, I can guarantee you that I
> wouldn't be the first one to say ".update() is really tedious for the
> UI - lets find a simpler way to declare this stuff.. what about xml?"
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