text in fields (CR/LF, CR, LF) which is correct?

Dar Scott dsc at swcp.com
Fri Aug 30 09:18:01 EDT 2002

On Friday, August 30, 2002, at 06:28 AM, Kee Nethery wrote:

>> So much confusion surrounds the misnamed constants "return" and 
>> "cr", which
>> suggest ASCII 13 but are actually ASCII 10.  I understand that 
>> it's there
>> for compatibility with Mac-specific tools like HC, but it does create
>> confusion (hence this oft-repeated thread).
> might be better to create a new constant called "LineEnd" that is 
> platform specific. Return and CR should mean "carriage Return" 
> which should be ascii(13). Pretty much every ASCII table I've ever 
> seen labels "CR" as ASCII(13).

I would prefer a new constant named lineEnd that is _Revolution_ 
specific.  This would allow the same stack to move across platforms 
without line end changes.  For backwards compatibility, it should 
be ASCII 10.  Maybe there can be a short name, but line and end are 
already taken.

With that, new constants asciiCR, asciiLF, and asciiCRLF are also 

With the above, use of return and CR can be discouraged.  And 
lineFeed and CRLF need not be used.

However, I've seen examples from old timers on the list that 
include return quite a bit.  I find that jarring and sometimes 
confusing.  Yet, others might find it quite natural.

Dar Scott

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