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Does Freemind still allow the use of other, non-Freemind XML tags in a file? That is, if it reads in a file with non-Freemind tags, does it retain them? I think earlier 0.9.0 versions did this, but I am not sure that the latest one does. Does anyone know?
Well, maybe no one answered because they did not know what I was talking about. I went back and downloaded the earlier versions and I can't find any of them that retain my custom XML attributes. I guess I was delusional!
So is there any way to embed information in the current Freemind-format so that it can travel between programs? That is, can my app save any custom information in a Freemind file that will be retained when the user edits and re-saves the file from Freemind?
Thanks very much for any information on this!
Hello Bob, for extending FreeMind mind map with custom data, you may be looking for attributes, implemented in FreeMind 0.9.0.
From what I recall, FreeMind 0.8.1 should have preserved some non-FreeMind XML elements (or "foreign XML elements"?), so I don't think you were delusional . Can you try whether FreeMind 0.8.1 preserves some non-FreeMind XML elements? That would be nice of you. What it would *not* preserve, though, is <element>content</element>, I think, as the XML parser of FreeMind cannot parse mixed XML. But what it should have preserved is <element at="content"></element>.
Thanks for replying. I tried 0.8.1 and it doesn't seem to retain my extra XML attributes. Maybe I can use these attributes that you have linked.
I don't know what version I was using before - I could swear there was a version that just retained attributes attached to a node, like this:
<node BACKGROUND_COLOR="#52ACA0" HS_DEFAULT_COLOR="#52ACA0" HS_BACKGROUND_COLOR="#000000" HS_ALPHA="127" COLOR="#ffffff" CREATED="1280781206302" ID="Freemind_Link_1234567890" MODIFIED="1285774140670" TEXT="Headspace" HS_FILE_VERSION="4" HS_SELECTED_ITEM="Freemind_Link_1234567977" HS_SELECTED_GROUP="Freemind_Link_1234567967" HS_XTRANS="-27.503401" HS_YTRANS="18.751331" HS_ZTRANS="3.000244" HS_XROT="0.000000" HS_YROT="0.000000" HS_ZROT="0.000000" HS_DRAWSCALE="0.686482">
All those things starting with "HS_" were used by my program. But they are stripped out of 0.8.1 and by every version of 0.9.0 I've recently tested. I personally don't use the export/import feature, so I haven't tried it since first implementing it. But a year and a half ago, I tested all that stuff and it worked. Weird.