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From Gus Heck <gus-ant...@cognition.olin.edu>
Subject Re: AW: DO NOT REPLY [Bug 23397] - Need attribute for target tag to indicate hidden/internal target
Date Thu, 25 Sep 2003 15:53:40 GMT
Antoine Levy-Lambert wrote:

>What you would like would be useful to prevent the "wrong" targets from
>being called. But I wonder whether this change would not make ant
>unnecessary complex.
>  
>
The default (atribute omitted) state should behave as always. This is 
necessary for back compatability, and to keep the learning curve from 
getting too steep. The import task gives me the same sort of worry about 
complexity, but I keep reiminding myself... You don't have to use it if 
you don't want it ;). So at least from the user side, there is no 
obligatory complexity increase. The addition of another atribute in the 
documentation for target would be the only brain drain :)...

As for the development side, it may lead to increased complexity if we 
add access modifiers with more complex meanings. As it is now, however 
the only meaning of public/private is "do we reject it when invoked from 
the command line" and the only time we need to check that is already 
included in the patch.

I too would be interested to hear what other commiters think.

- Gus


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