[jhb_airlines] Re: FSX - XML Gauges

  • From: FrankTurley@xxxxxxx
  • To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2006 03:25:57 EDT

In a message dated 18/10/2006 02:57:08 GMT Daylight Time, bones@xxxxxxx  

Having not seen this tool I can only guess  as to what it is trying to do. 
With FS2004 you write the XML code in Notepad  and then bang this file, plus 
bitmaps, into a CAB file using VCAB.exe. By  the sound of it ACE.exe appears 
to be doing all this in one  operation.
All I can tell you is that your old FS2004  XML files and bitmaps still work 
in FSX. In FS2004 you could keep all these  files "loose" i.e. not wrap them 
up in a CAB, and they would still work. I've  not tested this in FSX so I can't 
say whether the CAB route is now mandatory  or not.

You are correct, the old 2004 XML files work in FSX. My objective was to  
bring the source code into the new format, as I think that once I get familiar  
with it the ACE tool will make the gauges easier to maintain and modify.
The ACE tool just produces the XML code. By dragging the folder containing  
your source files onto the CABDIR icon in the SDK a CAB file appears by  magic.
I have experimented with the "loose" files approach, and it appears to work  
with the demo sample file supplied. If I could get my gauge to work I'd be 
more  confident about that answer!
What the whole process lacks at the moment is an XML file parser which is  
clever enough to tell me why my gauge doesn't appear! I think I must have left  
at least one essential property in the wrong state, its tracking this down  
that's a problem. If some genius can come up with this the whole process would  
be much simplified.
Frank T.

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