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From Steve Loughran <stev...@iseran.com>
Subject Re: AW: DO NOT REPLY [Bug 23397] - Need attribute for target tag to indicate hidden/internal target
Date Thu, 25 Sep 2003 16:59:51 GMT

1. the recent bugrep was about IDE visibility, not true public/private

2. I think the <import> mechanism will soon raise needs about scoping, 
but dont want to rush into doing something for 1.6 that has to be retained.

Gus Heck wrote:
> In fact I would be even more interested to hear the opinons of both 
> commiters and non-commiters :).
> 
> -Gus
> 
> Gus Heck wrote:
> 
>> 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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