XML, TL setup

Sebastian Rahtz sebastian.rahtz@computing-services.oxford.ac.uk
Tue, 2 Nov 1999 23:35:44 +0000 (GMT)

Fabrice POPINEAU writes:
 > So I have switched to the installer, namely  fpsetup.exe . My question
 > is : given that   I need a   text description of  the packages,  is it
 > stupid to build a data  driven  setup that will  take  an xml file  as
 > input and do the installation ? 
good idea. great!

 > A perl  script could build most of the
 > xml file(s) from your lists files.

I would not be adverse to making the lists XML themselves.

 > still do not know if  it is bound to fail.  The goal would be to build
 > *also* a command line  program or a library  in C or C++  and portable
 > between Unix and win32 to  do the setup.  I envisaged to use expat  to
 > read the xml file. I can send a DTD and an XML setup file (forgive me:
 > this is my first try at using this stuff).

it sounds to me like what XML was designed for

but wait, surely we can combine everything in one, by working directly 
from Graham Williams' catalogue files, which are already XML?