From: Dom Lachowicz (email@example.com)
Date: Mon May 26 2003 - 12:22:23 EDT
> > I'm wondering if we can ultimately just scrap the
> > profiles in favour of normal.awt at some point?
> I am pretty sure you cant and that it doesn't make
> sense. It might take
> me a while but I am sure I can find a some screw
Well, the only interesting one is SmartQuotes.
We're not advocating removing user preferences at all,
but rather removing the per-locale preferences -
they're pretty hackish. No one's advocating storing
zoom level, spell checking, toolbar, etc...
preferences inside of a document. These are per-user
metadata meant to customize how you wish to act on a
document. The template files only alter the default
content of a document. This generally includes:
1) Right to left/Left to right dominant
2) Default language(s)
3) Default font(s)
4) Various style definitions (#2 and #3 are achieved
via this mechanism)
> It would suck to have to ship a Normal.awt for every
> Can Normal.awt be generated at runtime based on
> current locale?
Wel, we ship system.profiles for every locale. And as
far as I can see, there's no way to sensibly generate
one at runtime without having a huge map of
information inside of abiword (basically what the
system.profile files were) or somehow having a *lot*
smarter OS services, which I don't think exist.
Namely, we'd have to have at minimum:
1) Way to get the preferred language
2) Determine if it's LTR/RTL dominant
3) Get the default paper size
4) Get the preferred font for representing the
The lconv struct and other things in locale.h doesn't
even come close to helping us along here.
There are probably other screw cases. I think that
it's hard for this to happen at runtime, and that the
normal.awt attack is a fairly elegant one.
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