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Re: [opencm-dev] Re: [Prcs-list] [Prcs-cvs-list] Diff/Comparison of file formats others than ASCII/source code?

From: Jonathan S. Shapiro <shap_at_eros-os.org>
Date: 2002-08-14 02:43:42 CEST

On Thu, 2002-08-08 at 23:08, Donovan Baarda wrote:

> Any merge/diff3 operation must be file-format aware to get it right. Text is
> a nice common denominator that the existing unix diff3 can handle. Something
> like a HTML/XML/RTF aware diff3 could be relatively easily implemented as a
> postprocessing stage to merges produced by the standard diff3 because they
> use text as their underlying format.

True, but not helpful. Most tools that export HTML export it without
newlines, making line-based diff essentially useless.

IBM has a decent DOM diff program for XML that could be readily adapted
to HTML. I think that I'ld be inclined to go that way rather than try to
hack up diff for this purpose.


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