[sword-devel] Remote Repositories

Jonathan Morgan jonmmorgan at gmail.com
Tue Dec 28 23:17:00 MST 2010


On Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 4:50 PM, Greg Hellings <greg.hellings at gmail.com>wrote:

> Troy said he would provide a way to get the access from the engine.
> RSS is simply XML. Troy has told us the engine has Xml processing power (I
> don't know how it would handle the use of CDATA sections common in RSS).
> Every front end I am aware of has access to XML libraries already outside of
> Sword.

My point still stands.  A chunk of text to display is simple (the hardest
decision is to think where to put it).  Pre-formatted text is slightly
harder, but still fairly simple.  RSS requires some form of processing, and
some form of formatting.  It also makes it reasonably likely that you will
have to consider showing either small quantities of text or large quantities
of text, with corresponding UI implications.  It all seems a bit of overkill
when what the user probably wants is just a description of what the
repository is.


> --Greg
> On Dec 28, 2010 11:45 PM, "Jonathan Morgan" <jonmmorgan at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Greg,
> >
> > On Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 4:31 PM, Greg Hellings <greg.hellings at gmail.com
> >wrote:
> >
> >> Why does the News.txt need to have a format we talk about? There are
> >> already perfectly good definitions for news lists and feeds already
> around.
> >> See RSS, Atom and related technologies.
> >>
> >
> > Because I'm not convinced that every frontend wants to have to implement
> > parsing and display of RSS, Atom or related technologies. Having one
> chunk
> > of formatted text to show might not be the best in the world, but at
> least
> > it's relatively simple to do.
> >
> > Jon
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