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Re: Re: Re: Handling Mac, Unix, Win/DOS newlines at readtime...

by Anonymous Monk
on Sep 17, 2002 at 04:05 UTC ( #198428=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Re: Handling Mac, Unix, Win/DOS newlines at readtime...
in thread Handling Mac, Unix, Win/DOS newlines at readtime...

Yes, I agree with you, that the CRLF rule only applies to header (but there is no chance to miss that blank line between header and body, as we agreed those CRLF's are same in header regardless of platform). However in the body, the line breaks do not 'really' mean anything, as we are dealing with some markup language, not plain text. This is not only true to clear text, but also encoded text. If the text is encoded, the file system should not change anything within the encoded part. I do understand what his concern is, but I am just thinking whether that's something really worth to deal with. I guess we don't really know, as it is not clear what the objective is, I mean the actual objective required by the project, instead of the objective interpretated by the programmer.
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Re^4: Handling Mac, Unix, Win/DOS newlines at readtime...
by Flexx (Pilgrim) on Sep 17, 2002 at 09:09 UTC

    This is a HTML problem/question, not a HTTP one. Well, the essence of the original question, if put to a broader context was: "How do I split on line boundaries, when I don't know which line ending schema is used". This for itself makes a quite interesting problem, IMHO.

    And in this context, it's not irrelevant what the endings are, even if I'd agree that it's not important from HTTP's idea of a HTML body (ah.. which it does not care about at all, it's a transpher protocol that does (of course) not alter nor interpret any message content.)

    Should you, however, do any processing of HTML data, you need to worry about line endings -- at least when a pre tag is involved... Just because a broser can simply strip the document from any line endings (outside of pre-tags), other application should not. A browser won't output anything. It's the end of the road, so it needs not worry about a documents internal integrity.. ;)

    So long,
    Flexx

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