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Re: Re: [PATCH] Make text data file use system native line ends by defau

From: Harry Thijssen
Subject: Re: Re: [PATCH] Make text data file use system native line ends by default. (Jeremy Lavergne)
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2013 17:30:43 +0100

>> For Windows.  Many Windows programs expect Windows line-ends, just as
>> most Unix programs expect Unix line-ends.
> In this case, are we mainly considering editors?
> Cursory Wikipedia surfing [1] indicates that the MS editors typically found 
> on Windows, only NotePad does not support non-Windows line endings. The 
> feature scale goes, ascending: Notepad, WordPad, MS Works, MS Word.
> Both Notepad and WordPad are the free editors that come with the system, but 
> if Windows users aren't aware of WordPad then it effectively doesn't exist. 
> Is it possible to associate the data files to open with WordPad?

Sure, but in that case the defaults of the installation would be
changed for all .txt files. I don't think much users will be happy
with that. :-)

>> Well, that's the question.  I do not think that there is a "correct"
>> choice here, but there is probably a choice that will cause less user
>> confusion.  My guess is that using Unix line ends everywhere will
>> surprise users more than using native line ends by default.

I agree. And more problematic, most users have no idea what happened
and how to solve it. The more you write in a manual how to handle
this, the more confusion you will create.


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