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  • Subject: Re: The CIF BNF
  • From: Nick Spadaccini <nick@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2000 07:44:35 +0100 (BST)
On Tue, 19 Sep 2000, Brian McMahon wrote:

> (1) CIF datanames now have no formal length restriction (see
>     http://www.iucr.org/iucr-top/cif/cif_core/diff2.0-1.0.html#syn) - but
>     they still have to fit within a line of text.

Noted and corrected.

> Hence
> (2) When writing vcif, I took the "80-character limit" to be in spirit
>     independent of platform and thus the number of characters before the
>     <newline> byte sequence. I would still favour that interpretation
>     (otherwise existing CIFs will break, and to guard against operating
>     systems that invoke even more varied text record delimiting systems).

I have changed the text to be consistent with the accepted interpretation
of the 80 character limit.



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