Comma-Delimited Files on Macs
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Sun Sep 18 15:34:04 EDT 2011
Roger Eller wrote:
> Why is LiveCode's default delimiter a comma, such as in the dateItems?
> Is it simply because it is visible, whereas a TAB is not?
I believe that's why it was chosen for HyperTalk, and RunRev followed
suit on that.
For the data types supported inherently in HC, it's generally okay
because they don't include in-data commas (dateItems is a good example).
But by letting scripters put their own data into such chunks it opens up
a world of potential hurt, which is why SuperCard, OMO, and LiveCode
support customizable delimiters (the itemDelimiter and lineDelimiter
properties). HC would probably have added those too had it lived long
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