If I were using user_data2, this would be something I would have considered. However, I am using lu_sdata which contains a much smaller set of data. This is what MCV suggests when building control UI's (this is suppose to be the new way). Origionally I was using user_data2 and when MCV updated their wiki and some digging, I decided to switch over to lu_sdata. The data from lu_sdata is only about 10.5KB for my setup and the user_data2 version is 320KB. So there is a huge savings in downloading the data as well as less resources are being used when parsing the data for the required information.
There is suppose to be a way of setting short codes in the plugins that would get generated in the lu_sdata. I do not know much about making plugins for vera, but if the plugins contained the short codes for what information needs to be displayed etc, I can parse that information. I also use the category number in the lu_sdata to determine the type of device it is. Not all plugins contain a category number. Maybe this is something we need to brainstorm to help make things more organized and to allow for third party interfaces work well with plugins.
On a different topic, I have been busy the last few days with work. I have not had a whole lot of time to work on AutHomation. But I do want to say that I am adding new layouts that will work better with larger screens (7inch and 10inch) for Android 2.3 and older. I overlooked some documentation on the android developers page for designing for different screen sizes and I am adding code to have a similar layout to the AutHomationHD version for these larger screen devices. So for all those nook and cheaper tablet users will soon have a similar experience that the Honeycomb version has to offer. Hopefully I can have something out in the next few days. There will be other minor fixes and changes added as well.