From: Andy Heninger (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Jan 21 2005 - 12:09:22 CST
Lars Kristan wrote:
> From the
> standard's perspective you could say this is text mode, as it is indeed
> specified, but I insist that this is binary mode, from user's
> perspective. All UNIX does to satisfy the standard is that it IGNORES
> the 'b' part of the type parameter.
From a USER'S PERSPECTIVE?
From a user's perspective, file opens can be in text or binary mode.
Text files should be opened in text mode; binary files should be opened
in binary mode. So says the applicable standards.
To ignore this, based on the knowledge that you can get away with it on
a particular system implementation at a particular point in time would
seem to be encouraging the deliberate production of fragile,
non-portable code. Why would you want to? Because it's "easier"?
Sounds a lot like ignoring W3C standards when creating web pages because
things happen to work fine in IE.
-- Andy Heninger
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