[jdom-interest] XML standard line ending
richard.beton at dsl.pipex.com
Fri Mar 12 01:09:08 PST 2004
Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:
> At 8:53 PM +0000 3/11/04, Rick Beton wrote:
>> One thing that puzzles me is org.jdom.output.Format.java:128. Why is
>> the standard line ending CR NL? It would be natural to use the
>> machine default, \
> No, it would not. It is very damaging to have the same program emit
> different output merely because the platform changes. PrintStream is
> traditionally problematic for precisely this reason.
That is a matter of opinion not fact; I'm not sure why you consider this
to be so bad. The standard Java libraries have taken a different
position. In an ideal world, Max PC and Unix line endings would all be
the same. We don't have that luxury, alas.
> The specific choice of \r\n was made because this is the network
> standard line ending convention mandated by HTTP among many other
> protocols. However, if you want to set something else, you are free to
> do so.
Yes, it is clearly documented:
My choice would be to make the JDOM default the same as the system
default, and provide a public static final String with the value "\r\n"
for documents to be sent by HTTP.
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