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Re: [ddlm-group] Relationship of CIF2 to legacy platforms

Agreed, I change my accepted length to 2048.

On Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 1:38 PM, Nick Spadaccini <nick@csse.uwa.edu.au> wrote:
> For clarity I propose 2048 for consistency with the current spec. StarBase
> used a 8192 byte buffer. I am not tied to 2048, but I agree it needs to be
> some fixed number.
>
>
> On 19/11/09 10:34 AM, "James Hester" <jamesrhester@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> We should resolve the Fortran line length issue as I think we've got
>> enough information on the table - could those who haven't indicated
>> their preference please vote either
>>
>> (1) CIF2 should have a maximum line length specified or
>> (2) no line length should be specified.
>>
>> For bonus points, you can indicate what this length should be.
>>
>> So (including Nick's recent email) I count the votes as:
>>
>> (1) Herbert (>=2048), Nick (2048), James (4096)
>> (2) Joe
>>
>> I've added my vote to the fixed line length simply because I accept
>> Herbert's argument that legacy Fortran programs are actually important
>> in the crystallographic world, and a restriction on line length does
>> not impose a burden on CIF readers. It also imposes a bit of
>> discipline on CIF writers and helps to produce a readable file.
>>
>> On Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 3:47 AM, Joe Krahn <krahn@niehs.nih.gov> wrote:
>>> Nick Spadaccini wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On 3/11/09 12:53 AM, "Joe Krahn" <krahn@niehs.nih.gov> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Herbert,
>>>>> I am only suggesting that maintained Fortran code ought to be able to
>>>>> utilize F2003 STREAM I/O, supported by current versions of GFortran,
>>>>> Intel Fortran and Sun Fortran.
>>>>>
>>>>> Of course, I probably am not considering all of the issues. STREAM I/O
>>>>> avoids the need for a fixed maximum record length, but even the newest
>>>>> Fortran compilers have very limited UTF-8 support. Even with STREAM I/O,
>>>>> it is not trivial to count trailing blanks as significant.
>>>>>
>>>>> Maybe the biggest problem is UTF-8. IMHO, it makes sense for UTF-8 to be
>>>>> an optional encoding, rather than just declaring CIF2 is all UTF-8. This
>>>>
>>>> Not sure what you gain by doing this. If it is pure ASCII only then the
>>>> declaration of UTF-8 inhibits nothing, since ASCII is a subset. If it is not
>>>> pure ASCII, then it needs to be UTF-8. I can't see how knowing in advance
>>>> that it is a subset of UTF-8 or possibly the full set of UTF-8 gives you
>>>> anything.
>>>>
>>>> cheers
>>>>
>>>> Nick
>>> A compiler/language not aware of UTF-8 could avoid errors by rejecting
>>> CIF files that contain UTF-8. However, I think the approach being taken
>>> is just to allow implementations to restrict usage, rather than put it
>>> in the specifications. For example, the plan seems to be that
>>> DDL/dictionary definitions will be used to avoid UTF-8 in data names,
>>> where it is most likely to be a problem. So, you are right: there is no
>>> reason for the CIF2 syntax to make UTF-8 optional when the dictionaries
>>> can restrict characters to the ASCII subset.
>>>
>>> The other potential legacy issues I know of are fixed maximum line
>>> lengths, and significant trailing blanks. Dictionary definitions cannot
>>> avoid these. It might be possible to take a similar approach, by
>>> avoiding them by implementation conventions rather than making it part
>>> of the spec. If these are only going to be an issue for a few more
>>> years, it would avoid having to make another syntax change in the near
>>> future.
>>>
>>> My main interest here is to avoid incompatible implementations. I also
>>> think that Fortran, and any other line-oriented I/O software, should be
>>> able to do stream-oriented I/O in the near future.
>>>
>>> Joe
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> cheers
>
> Nick
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