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RFC: Deprecation of .gmodel format (NOT .gorm)

From: Gregory John Casamento
Subject: RFC: Deprecation of .gmodel format (NOT .gorm)
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2004 21:25:55 -0800 (PST)


First a tutorial to eliminate ANY confusion:

* .gmodel is the format created by nib2gmodel, not Gorm, for translating .nibs.
* .gorm is the format created by Gorm.app.  Gorm.app can import .gmodels so
that they can be converted to .gorm files.

I would like some comments on this.  The reason for the deprecation of this
format is as follows:

1) .gmodel files do not provide an exact translation, since there is
information in the .nib files which isn't accessible to us using just the
AppKit classes (there are some private NeXT/Apple objects/data-structures which
are encoded in .nibs which nib2gmodel doesn't know about).

2) There are many features which have been added to .gorm loading which cannot
be added to .gmodel loading mainly due to the reason given in #1.

The .gmodel format would still remain as a way to translate your .nibs into
.gorm files, but would not be loadable by the gui library anymore.

If there are still a lot of applications which are dependent on .gmodel files
it should not be deprecated yet.

Thanks, GJC

Gregory John Casamento -- CEO/President Open Logic Corp.
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