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Re: [ddlm-group] options/text vs binary/end-of-line. .. .

I am comfortable with Herbert;s wording providing the typo at the beginng of the last line is correced (not -> note).

Herbert J. Bernstein wrote:
Dear Colleagues,

   The IUCr is an international organization.  Is it really politically
wise to insist that CIF2 tags be restricted to unaccented roman letters?

   Before we go much further, may we please have a vote on explicitly
changing CIF2 from the current draft wording that it is a binary
format to the wording I suggested making it a text format.  Most of the
rest of the issues we are dealing with hinge on that basic decision.

   The wording I proposed was:

"CIF2 is a specification for the interchange of text files.  Text files
have many possible system dependent represenations and encodings.  To
ensure clarity in the specification of CIF2, this document is written
in terms of a sequence of unicode code points, and all fully compliant
CIF2 processing systems should, at a minimum be able to process
text files as unicode code points represented in UTF-8, subject to the
XML-based restrictions below.  This approach is not meant to prevent
people from preparing valid CIF2 files with non-UTF-8-based text
editors, but, if a non-UTF-8 file format is produced, it is important
to clearly specify the intended mapping to UTF-8.  This is particularly
important in dealing with end-of-line indicators (see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newline).  When handling CIF2 files
produced under MS windows, CR-LF sequences should be accepted as
an alternative to LF, and when handling CIF2 files produced under
Mac OS, CR should be accepted as an alternative to LF.  This document
will only refer to LF as a line terminator and will assume that some
appropriate system-dependent text processing system will handle
the necessary conversion.

To ensure compatibility with older Fortran text processing software,
lines in CIF2 files should be restricted to no more than 2048
code points in length, not including the line temrinator itself.
Not that the UTF-8 encoding of such a line may well be much longer."

If anybody objects to some specific wording in this text, let us
settle on revised wording.  We need to get this basic issue
clarified in writing or we will be going in circles forever.


At 11:30 AM -0500 6/21/10, Bollinger, John C wrote:
On Monday, June 21, 2010 1:13 AM, James Hester wrote:

I prefer the XML treatment of newline (ie translated to 0x000A for
processing purposes).  I would be in favour of restricting newline to
<0x000A>, <0x000D> or <0x000D 0x000A>, which means that only these
combinations have the syntactic significance of a newline.
I would be satisfied with that approach.

memory, this significance is restricted to:

1. end of comment
2. whitespace
3. use in <eol><semicolon> digraph
The significance also extends to 'single'- and "double"-quote 
delimited data values, in that these cannot contain end-of-line.

I would also restrict the appearance of the remaining Unicode newline
characters to delimited datavalues, to maintain consistent display of
data files.
I'm seeing more and more upside to restricting *all* non-ASCII 
characters to delimited data values.  I don't have any objection to 
restricting U+0085, U+2028, and U+2029 (did I miss any?) to such 

John C. Bollinger, Ph.D.
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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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