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Re: Textual binaries

From: Marcus Sundman <sundman_at_iki.fi>
Date: 2004-07-30 22:43:56 CEST

> > Great! Somehow developers in general seem to have some weird problem
> > with understanding the relationship between text and encodings.
>
> There's no such confusion going on here. Honest. We're perfectly aware
> that there are unicode text files that can be encoded with null bytes,
> and so on.

That's very nice to hear.

> We're simply using the word "text file" to mean: "a line-based file than
> can be contexutally diffed with the usual diff/patch tools". Nothing
> more.

OK. (I'm not sure exactly which files work with the gnu diff/patch tools,
but I can find out that on my own.)

By the way, how does it know how to display the result to the user? I mean,
one "text file" might be in UTF-8 while another one is in ISO-8859-15 and
yeat another one in cp850. Will it display all files as if they were in
whatever happens to be the user's local default encoding or will there be
some transcoding or what?

- Marcus Sundman

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