For reasons of cross-language compatibility, I have a set of user preferences stored in Windows INI formats. I'd like my Java applications to see these, so a quick Google search turned up an excellent solution. [ini4j] is a Java preferences API implementation using Windows INI files for backing store. Also, there is a simple, obvious API for direct handling of Ini two-level maps. And the whole jar comes in at a svelte 25k. Well done!