Re: user preferences was: NCSA X Mosaic 0.5 released

Tim Berners-Lee <>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 93 15:23:01 +0100
From: Tim Berners-Lee <>
Message-id: <>
To: Dan Connolly <>
Subject: Re: user preferences was: NCSA X Mosaic 0.5 released 

>  Date: Tue, 26 Jan 93 10:59:43 CST
>  From: Dan Connolly <>

>  But Tim: about this user preferences stuff. I disagree with your
>  strategy:

>  X application should use the X resource database to get user
>  preferences. Folks can build their X resource database from
>  system-wide app-defaults files, files in their home directory,
>  environment variables, command-line-args, etc.

>  Works good.

>  I've seen you write a couple times about having a user preference
>  system that worked the same on the NeXT, Mac, X boxes, etc.

>  Making them look the same from an API would be great.

We agree about that.

>  But don't make users adapt to a new WWW scheme for doing user  
>  NeXT folks should use the NeXT user preference database, just like  
>  they do for their other tools. Mac folks should find  
>  under the edit menu. X folks know how to muck with .Xdefaults and  
>  (though a friendlier UI to the x resource database is badly  

Absolutely.  I didn't mean to advocate a and actual .rc file,
I totally agree that the mechanism should be the natural local one  
one in each environment. Like look and feel should also always be