I have created two separate applications on is a setup tool that an admin will use to create all the configuration information for the users application. This configuration information is going to be stored inside an XML file. The user application will then read the XML file and apply all settings with in that XML file.
Part of those setting is displaying map images of a building in thumbnail format. Now I am unsure which way will be the easier of the two ideas I have. My first idea is to have the application read a directory destination from the XML file and display the images in that directory in thumbnail format. Then the user can click on the thumbnail and the image will be displayed in full size in a second window. In the second window the user should be able to zoom and pan the image.
However the problem with idea one is I also need the icon image to be displayed over top the map images representing specific security device like a locked door, intercom station, video camera, and so on. So I thought the user application could read the image file name from the XML file and display that and it would also have the icon image location stated there as well. Grant I would still have to tell it what directory the image was in but the second idea might be easier since I need the icon image as well.
The XML schema I have is something like this:
The code I am using for my two forms is attached below.
I want to know which way is better to read my information from the XML and how to go about doing it?