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Re: Editing a binary property: propedit --editor-cmd

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke_at_gmx.de>
Date: 2003-12-03 10:51:07 CET

Julian Foad wrote:
> I suggest that a binary value such as a graphical icon be stored as a
> block of text consisting of a header describing the file type (e.g. MIME
> type) and encoding, followed by the data encoded in some common text
> format such as ASCII-hexadecimal or base 64.

Or a URI in the "data" scheme?

> I vote -1 on providing _any_ additional mechanism for adding meta-data
> to properties. Properties are meta-data for files, so they should be
> simple and should not have a built-in mechanism for having their own
> meta-data. Such meta-data can already be included in the property's
> name and/or its value.

Well, looking at de-facto usage of properties in WebDAV, I disagree.
There are numeric, boolean and date-typed properties everywhere, and
IMHO it makes sense to keep this bit of information. See


for a proposal how to marshal this type information through WebDAV.

Regards, Julian

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