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Re: Binary vs. Text properties

From: Julian Foad <julianfoad_at_btopenworld.com>
Date: 2003-12-03 02:37:05 CET

Jennifer Bevan wrote:
> I had a question after reading Philip's pointer to the past discussion
> about text vs. binary properties. I would think that a relatively simple
> (depends on current implementation, sure) thing to do would be
> to change <name,value> to <name,type,value>.
> propset could default the type to text/plain;charset=utf-8 for all properties
> unless a --mime-type option is used. That should address the compatability
> issues with text. Users who want to store binary files that aren't a mime-type
> would still have a place to give some type or endian-ness or whatever.

I think that extending the property mechanism in any such way would be opening a big can of worms - or rather a big dish of agar gel on which lots of little worms would rapidly multiply.

We need to keep Subversion simple so that it can get to a stable state and be released (while still providing the means for doing more complex things on top of it).

- Julian

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