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From Gary Gregory <garydgreg...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [csv] CSVFormat API names
Date Tue, 16 Oct 2012 23:54:34 GMT
On Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 7:14 PM, sebb <sebbaz@gmail.com> wrote:

> On 16 October 2012 21:00, Gary Gregory <garydgregory@gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 3:38 PM, James Carman <
> james@carmanconsulting.com>wrote:
> >
> >> On Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 2:25 PM, Gary Gregory <garydgregory@gmail.com>
> >> wrote:
> >> >
> >> > I did not do this one as is it seems RFC4180 defines CR+LF as the
> record
> >> > separator as noted in the Javadoc for
> >> > org.apache.commons.csv.CSVFormat.DEFAULT.
> >> >
> >>
> >> That's where the name of this component gets confusing to me.  Since
> >> it's called "CSV", it would make sense that we follow RFC 4180, which
> >> defines the standard for comma-separated value files and thus the
> >> default record separator would be CRLF.  However, we are allowing
> >> users to define whatever format they want using properties of the
> >> CSVFormat class (of course, if you use delimiter != ',', then it's not
> >> really CSV).  So, what's the intent?  This is more of a
> >> delimited-record format parser/writer component which supports CSV.
> >> Thus, it is not really very well-named.
>
> CSV could stand for Character Separated Variables.
>

Ah... very clever. TLA overloading, I love it!

Gary


>
> Although CSV usually means comma-separated, I think it is treated as a
> generic name sufficiently often that the it is not likely to be a big
> problem.
>
> The difficulty with all the other names is that they are not at all well
> known.
>
> >>
> >
> > Why not rename DEFAULT to RFC418?
>
> I agree that DEFAULT is a poor name, but could not get agreement to
> change it previously.
>
> There is already an RFC4180; DEFAULT is RFC4180 + allow blank lines.
>
> > Gary
> >
> >
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