[Openmcl-devel] A question about ticket #400
dlw at itasoftware.com
Mon Jun 22 10:50:32 PDT 2009
Any approach that involves storing data in a separate file
runs into problems when someone tries to move the file,
rename the file, mail the file, back up the file, compress
the file, put the file into an archive file, and so on.
Glen Foy wrote:
> On Jun 20, 2009, at 12:44 PM, Gail Zacharias wrote:
>> Yeah, here's the thing... The API can easily provide any number of
>> functions such as save/load-buffer-as-html or save/load-buffer-as-
>> rtf or save/load-buffer-in-home-baked-format-with-font-info-encoded-
>> in-lisp-comments or whatever, stuff like that would be trivial to
>> write. The problem is that it's not clear to me what Hemlock should
>> actually do to save the attributes, given the reality of living in a
>> unix file system. Any thoughts?
> If we are just talking about Hemlock as a source code editor, it may
> not be necessary or even desirable to distribute styled files.
> Everyone has their own idea of what source code should look like anyway.
> From that point of view, the styling information could be stored in
> an associated invisible file and distributed or not distributed as the
> author saw fit. When hacking, Hemlock would look for the associated
> file, using it if it was there. This would be a simple solution.
> People may, however, want to use Hemlock for other purposes. In which
> case the two file approach is not so good.
> This issue clearly needs some brainstorming.
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