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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] ANNOUNCE: Spaces in filenames, finished

From: Mikhael Goikhman
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] ANNOUNCE: Spaces in filenames, finished
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 04:38:32 +0000
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On 17 Mar 2004 20:02:01 -0800, Tom Lord wrote:
>     > From: Mikhael Goikhman <address@hidden>
>     > Someone already noted, the choice of the backslash character seems very
>     > unfortunate. Backslash is already handled specially by almost all tools
>     > and languages. This may open another endless wave of
>     > complain[t]s.
> And, you think you're going to evade similar complaints while actually
> solving the problem how exactly?

I would like to understand the problem first. Is it to unambiguously
output spaces and other fancy chars in arch managed filenames, or
something more grandiose?

Several encoding schemes currently exist that do not generate a lot of
complaints.  For example, SGML encoding uses entity syntax like "&lt;",
"&amp;" and "&#38;", the last two encode an ampersand.  URL encoding
uses "%20" to encode a space.  Quoted-printable uses "=20".

>     > Would any other rare character be better for this purpose? 
> No.

Theoretically this is true, but I talked about practical applications.


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