From: Dom Lachowicz (email@example.com)
Date: Mon May 26 2003 - 12:11:42 EDT
> I'm wondering if we can ultimately just scrap the
> profiles in favour of normal.awt at some point?
> If not, what is the dividing line about what belongs
> in one place or the other?
I'm hoping to move most/all of the useful information
out of the system.profile files. I need to do some
touch-up work to remove the RulerUnits and I *think*
that the Bidi default right-to-left preference can go
now that it's builtin to the normal.awt files.
It does make sense to keep the normal.awt for what I'd
call "more exotic" languages, basically to turn off
SmartQuotes. I can't think of any other screw cases.
What's the line? Well, a normal.awt (or MSWord
normal.dot) file represents our default editing
environment. Want to set the default document
language, set the default font, set the writing mode
for a language to be RTL dominant, or redefine some
styles? Put it in normal.awt. Basically, anything that
alters or represents the document itself should be in
the template. Things that alter how AbiWord
(bascially, UI behavior) behave on that document
should be in preferences.
> Also are our docs going to sufficient trouble to
> educate users about normal.awt, how to make best use
> of it, and what it can and cannot do?
I plan on beefing up the docs, though they're pretty
good already. Right now, things should "just work" a
lot better than they did with the system.profile
> I've never used normal.dot under Word so I don't
> much about this area.
You did, you just didn't know about it since it was
done transparently. And, hopefully, neither will our
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