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Re: [DEP5] Format of Copyright header

Dominique Dumont <dod@debian.org> writes:
> On Wednesday 14 December 2011 08:31:17 Steve Langasek wrote:

>> And of course, anyone who cares about formatting to this degree can always
>> add that extra space at the front of the line.  I notice, in fact, that
>> all our examples of multi-line Copyright: fields in the draft already do
>> this.

> Current parser relies on this extra space to distinguigh between a copyright 
> continuation and extra fields.

> For instance, a parser will fail if a copyright field is written this way:

> Copyright: 2008: John Smith
> 2009: Angela Watts

> because a parser cannot decide if "2009:" is a copyright continuation or an 
> extra field.

That isn't the extra space that Steve is referring to.  The space that
indicates a continuation is taken for granted; Steve's point is that the
examples in DEP 5 space the continuation lines over by several more
spaces, which in a free-form field indicates unwrappable text (just as in
the Description field for a package).

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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