proposal for extending XSETTINGS registry keys

Avi Alkalay avi at
Wed Mar 28 12:07:22 PDT 2007

Elektra can easily be the infrastructure for storing this keys, with the
benefit of not being just desktop-oriented, but cross-system oriented.

So KConfig and GConf will have (actually have already) an Elektra backend
and there is no need to change applications.

(these links are part of the presentation that starts on

Elektra can also handle different types as Color, Font, Date etc, and can
provide GConf-ready and KConfig-ready apps access to other softwares

More about Elektra architecture, security model and virtual "screenshots":


On 3/28/07, Marius Bugge Monsen <mmonsen at> wrote:
> Hi all,
> At the Desktop Architects Meeting 3, beginning of December last year,
> Waldo
> asked me if I could write a proposal for extending the XSETTINGS registry
> keys.
> I've written a small paper where I look at the Gtk+ and Qt settings and
> color
> palettes to find where they overlap, and where the common subsets need to
> be
> extended to be useful. The result is a proposed set of new settings keys
> for
> the XSETTINGS registry.
> The document is available here:
> Just a couple of points I want to clear up:
> * This document is intended as a basis for discussion.
> * The proposed keys do not cover every conceivable setting. The idea is to
> find a set of keys that will be useful when trying to integrate with the
> desktop environment.
> * The Qt toolkit does not have support for the XSETTINGS mechanism. I'm
> working on a prototype implementation for this (Disclaimer: This does not
> mean that Trolltech has committed to adding XSETTINGS support in Qt. It's
> just a prototype).
> * I'm not a Gtk+ expert. If you are, your input is very welcome!
> Cheers,
> Marius
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