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Re: [JSON] comments?

From: Thomas Steiner <tomac@google.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2011 14:57:25 +0100
Message-ID: <AANLkTimoUnu1Y1sCZS8JaKbw=u3=_g6zrPyVdux+w99W@mail.gmail.com>
To: Peter Frederick Patel-Schneider <pfps@research.bell-labs.com>
Cc: RDF WG <public-rdf-wg@w3.org>
Hi Peter,

> Is it true that JSON doesn't have any commenting mechanism?
Yes. Some use fake inline comments (counts as pure data):

{
  "actualData": {...}
  "comment": "This is a comment."
}

...others (e.g., the New York Times JSON) (illegally) use:

/* This is a comment. */
{
  "actualData": {...}
}

This approach works when the data is eval'ed in JavaScript (evil,
don't!), but it is definitively illegal JSON.

Missing comments is definitively a weak spot when JSON is used for,
e.g., config files. It was not design to be used in that way, though.

Hope this helps?!

Cheers,
Tom

-- 
Thomas Steiner, Research Scientist, Google Inc.
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