[XML-SIG] XBEL / Call for extension
David.Vevar at noviforum.si
Wed Dec 15 18:22:45 CET 2004
I contacted you not long ago about an "icon issue" regarding XBEL in
general and Konquerer in particular.
I also contacted David Faure of KDE who implemented XBEL (well, almost
;-)) for Konquerer bookmarks. After some exchanged messages (having in
mind that most of todays browsers tend to be fairly colourful ;-)) we
came to a conclusion that it would be a good thing to change (or extend)
XBEL a bit. We propose an icon repository at the end of XBEL document in
form of an <icons> element, something like this
<icon id="..." location="..."> base64-encoded data. </icon>
To be more specific, <icon>s could point to external locations (web
URL's or local-machine repositories) and/or keep icon data inlined as,
say, base64-encoded binary (Mozilla(s) already have that), containing
images in various formats (jpegs, gifs, pngs), ico files, maybe even
something more exotic (in that case we'd also need to put a content-type
in there somewhere).
Bookmarks could then refer to these icons (through their ids) with some
The point of all this is that having such a format could result in a
compact (one XBEL file) bookmark repository.
I'd be glad to leave the details of specification to you. What I need to
know is whether you'd even consider it, and if so, how soon can we
expect the actual specification?
I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
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