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17.2. Property Lists

A property list is a text file that stores some arbitrary lists of information in a standard format. It's most often used by the Mac OS X defaults system (as described in Chapter 22). Some applications use the format for other purposes; Omni Software's OmniOutliner, for example, uses the property list format for all of its documents (though they have their own extension, .ooutline, and hence system identity, apart from .plist files).

Most property lists these days are in XML format, adhering to a property list DTD file found at /System/Library/DTDs/PropertyList.dtd.


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