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Re: Merge mode (Was Classifying files as binary or text)

From: Branko Cibej <brane_at_xbc.nu>
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2009 12:16:11 +0100

Julian Foad wrote:
> Julian Foad wrote:
>
>> I need to spend some time replying, late at night though it is.
>>

[...] (I'll respond to your original proposal later, but some quick
notes here)

> I wonder if I have missed some good reason not to update the built-in
> list of MIME types that are considered "text". Just a constraint on the
> available volunteer effort? I know it's not the 100% solution but it is
> a 99% solution and UI am surprised we are not automatically starting
> here.
>

IIRC there are two reasons why we haven't updated that list:

    * doing it in code is a never-ending battle to catch up with IANA;
    * there never was consensus for the "obvious" ones, for the simple
      reason that they're not always obvious -- e.g., consider
      application/xml, which sometimes can and sometimes can't be
      properly merged.

[...]

> Big con: Depends on auto-props, a mechanism which is not really good
> enough for the task.

... because it's strictly client-side, *and* because it relies only on
file names; which, BTW, is a serious problem with your proposal. But
more about that in the "real" response.

-- Brane

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