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From Filip Maj <>
Subject Re: Consistent implementation of the whitelist
Date Tue, 31 Jan 2012 19:49:50 GMT
Config.xml is an excellent abstraction on top of all platforms' specifics.

At build time we could have some tooling around parsing a config.xml into
each platform's required formats (plist, xml, whatevs).

Andrew already has a great tool that does exactly this:

On 12-01-31 11:45 AM, "Shazron" <> wrote:

>I'd rather wait until we all agree on supporting one .xml config
>rather than having interim changes (less friction for users
>What about plugins? I see that android uses a plugins.xml
>As for icons and splash screens, unfortunately on iOS it has to be
>specified in the app's Info.plist and cannot be from an external
>source, since this is handled by the app itself and outside of our
>On Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 11:38 AM, Filip Maj <> wrote:
>> I think a spec that is way more pertinent to Cordova for solving this
>> problem (and also many others) is the config.xml spec. Anis pointed out
>> the <access> element. WebWorks already uses a config.xml file as a base
>> for defining application metadata and configuration. So does PhoneGap
>> Build. Tons of goodies in there that we can use on top of caching and
>> server whitelisting, such as:
>> - icon definitions (<icon> element)
>> - generic preference/configuration elements (<preference>). I believe
>> phonegap build uses this for things such as locking orientation in an
>> Basically anything in phonegap.xml can be mapped to <preference>
>> - <feature> element. *VERY* pertinent to defining which APIs you want
>> app to access. Essentially could replace plugins.xml in cordova
>> - <author>, <title>, <license>, <description> elements...
>> - free localization of strings (such as titles) as well as content by
>> piggybacking on xml:lang attributes for different elements.
>> - application entry point (entry page) definitions (<content>)
>> - finally, there is a <param> element that is a key:value pair. We could
>> map anything to this...
>> PhoneGap Build extended the config.xml elements with a splash screen
>> (<splash>) element as well.
>> The possibilities are endless, and we have a pretty complete spec. Also
>> for icing on the cake, Michael Brooks and I are involved with the W3C
>> community group related to the widget spec so we already have ins to
>> present feedback and iterate on the spec if necessary.

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