Fwd: Re: [Clipart] metadata: aren't the keywords actually categories (and can keywords be added)?
mtraum at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 15 16:10:49 PDT 2005
I understand the issues you raise with the big xml file proposal.
But, I don't think symbolic links will work, and I do think that hard
links is a very messy solution to the problem. It doesn't scale well
- what happens if openclipart has 50,000 images? So many duplications
in the package will just end up in bloat.
How about a flat file structure with no path whatsoever? I think this
would make the most sense.
Regarding the application I'm proposing, sure, I'll be able to
support pretty much anything. But, this all seems to be up in the air
right now, and I'd like to see some data definitions of proposed xml
files and a roadmap on the package structure before I start a project
based on all of that.
--- Mike Traum <mtraum at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Forwarding to the list again ... hehehe...
> --- Andrew Archibald <andrew.archibald at sympatico.ca> wrote:
> > Mike Traum wrote:
> > > Anyway, when you describe the localized packages for end users,
> > > assume you mean something similar to what is being done now,
> > > clips extracted into a directory structure? If so, this is my
> > concern
> > > about having an image with mutiple categories (which, many will
> > > surely have). Do you have multiple copies of the file in the
> > tarball?
> > > Seems redundant. You could use symbolic links, but then you'd
> > have to
> > > distrubute separate packages for different OS's (besides the
> > > that I doubt MS shortcuts play nice with other tools, for
> > > image organizing applications such as ThumbsPlus). This is why
> > like
> > > the idea of one big xml, assumming there was a clip organizer
> > > application to go along with it.
> > One big XML is totally useless to applications that don't
> > understand the
> > format. Currently, I can use OCAL images in the GIMP, Inkscape,
> > Mozilla
> > Composer, etc. etc. Many of those can only handle bitmaps;
> > fine,
> > since the package contains bitmaps.
> > It's true that people who can run the specialized clipart-tool
> > extract
> > files from the XML and save them to somewhere in their home
> > directory, but
> > this adds an extra step before using the image in each of those
> > programs.
> > And if you can't use the specialized clipart-tool... (for
> > I don't
> > have a Java VM on my machine).
> > If the problem is "what do you do with files in multiple
> > categories", there
> > are lots of solutions. Hard links are great; symlinks are fine
> > too. If
> > you use tar, whatever tool untars the files will presumably do a
> > credible
> > job of simulating them on machines that don't have them (probably
> > make
> > copies for hardlinks and shortcuts (?) for symlinks). Extra
> > are
> > fine too, unless we get loads of files in too many categories.
> > could
> > even just fall back to putting the file in the "best" (or first)
> > place that
> > comes to mind.
> > > The whole reason I've been lurking here is because I'm
> > in
> > > writing a os independent (java-based) GPL'd clip organizer
> > similar to
> > > what MS has with their Office suite. Then, you can import these
> > > packages (as well as Microsoft's, and whoever else is
> > dirtributing
> > > clip packages w/ metadata) and still have them searchable on
> > > client side. You'd no longer need to distribute thumbnails, as
> > the
> > > clip organizer would be able to do this as well. And, you'd be
> > able
> > > to see the properties of the file (copyright, etc) from a
> > > interface. This effort shouldn't really be that hard, but I
> > to
> > > make sure that openclipart is moving towards a package
> > that
> > > would be ameniable to such an effort. Otherwise, I'd only be
> > allowing
> > > import of MS's files, which many users can't legally use (under
> > their
> > > EULA).
> > Surely you can support any format we document, without much
> > trouble?
> > Andrew
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