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Re: On the promotion and demotion of information items (was Re


software promotion demotion
On Thursday 06 March 2003 11:37, Emmanuil Batsis (Manos) wrote:
> I think what Alaric means is that this config file (seen as an example)
> holds information for two targets: the software it is used to configure
> and the human interested in the file. If the comments are deleted and
> the information items they represented are not somewhere else or cannot
> be discovered, this information is essentially lost and "breaks" is all
> about the human factor.
> Also related with XML applications disgarding comments in their internal
> representation...

Well, I was worrying about software breaking since we've now seen that at 
least one person wants to make software that processes based on those 
comments :-) That will introduce software that *would* be broken by losing 
the comments, but my intent with the "Presumably...?" sentence was to ask if 
anything was already using them; if it's a config file then I guess MS's own 
software both reads and write the file. Does the reader just preserve the 
existing comments so it write out a changed version of the config file with 
them still inplace, or does *is* use the information within?

>
> Manos
>

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