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Re: [xri] host-meta comments

From: Mark Nottingham <mnot@yahoo-inc.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2009 11:00:25 +1100
Cc: Breno de Medeiros <breno@google.com>, Apps Discuss <discuss@apps.ietf.org>, Eran Hammer-Lahav <eran@hueniverse.com>, "xri@lists.oasis-open.org" <xri@lists.oasis-open.org>, "www-talk@w3.org" <www-talk@w3.org>
Message-Id: <1973B947-1F16-4D99-A2ED-7B9AB544EAEB@yahoo-inc.com>
To: Dirk Balfanz <balfanz@google.com>

The problem is that this will make it impossible to use an existing  
HTTP header parser (e.g., in Python, Perl, Ruby, whatever's standard  
library), a goal that's guided a lot of the design.

Why not just use

Link: </foo>; rel="something"
Comment: This one is for you, Joe!
Link </bar>; rel="joes-link"


On 19/02/2009, at 3:54 AM, Dirk Balfanz wrote:

> On Wed, Feb 18, 2009 at 8:23 AM, Breno de Medeiros  
> <breno@google.com> wrote:
> While /host-meta is intended to be parsed by machines and not human- 
> readable content, it is often the case that users eyeball such  
> content for clues. For instance:
> 1. Developer is writing and debugging a library to parse host-meta  
> files.
> 2. Developer is looking at /host-meta examples to get clues on how  
> to write one for his site.
> Being able to add human-readable comments on site-meta can be useful  
> for such tasks. It also helps to preserve 'institutional memory' by  
> documentation in place, which is often the only one that developers  
> can locate.
> Should there be a simple mechanism for line comments in site-meta?
> +1 for comments.
> I propose that any line that starts with # (possibly preceded by  
> whitespace) is a comment.
> Dirk.

Mark Nottingham       mnot@yahoo-inc.com
Received on Friday, 20 February 2009 00:03:35 UTC

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