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Re: svn commit: r10971 - trunk/www

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_collab.net>
Date: 2004-09-17 06:13:21 CEST

On Sep 16, 2004, at 10:41 PM, Greg Hudson wrote:

> On Thu, 2004-09-16 at 23:22, Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
>> Isn't a file which contains binary data (i.e. NULL bytes) a "binary"
>> file?
> The term "binary file" isn't that well-defined. If you tell people
> uses a binary file format, they'll generally assume they won't be able
> to make heads or tales of the rev files without specific knowledge.

Ugh, the problem is that most people assume "human readable" means,
"it's all ascii!", and folks assume that "computer readable" means "it
looks like a bunch of random garbage." Both the fsfs format and
dumpfile format seem to live in the nether regions. They're both
mostly human-readable, but aren't pure ascii either. Oh well. I guess
it's best to not call them "binary" formats.

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