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From Steve Loughran <>
Subject Re: AW: svn commit: r417590 - in /ant/core/trunk: CONTRIBUTORS WHATSNEW src/main/org/apache/tools/ant/taskdefs/optional/ssh/
Date Wed, 28 Jun 2006 10:54:44 GMT
Conor MacNeill wrote:
> Jan,
> wrote:
>>What is with contributors.xml?
> Good question and really the point of the email I sent yesterday. This
> is what I can determine
> CONTRIBUTORS needs to be binary because it contains non-ASCII character
> codes. The problem is that over its history it has been broken many
> times due to different people using different character encodings.
> AFAICT, the rationale for contributors.xml is that it allows for an
> ascii representation of the contributors list, with associated benefits.
> Whatever we end up with, there should be one definitive list. I see two
> possible courses of action
> 1. maintain CONTRIBUTORS as binary and remove contributors.xml. We need
> to agree and maintain a file encoding - currently UTF-8
> 2. maintain contributors.xml and remove CONTRIBUTORS. In builds, we
> could generate CONTRIBUTORS easily enough (or even an HTML representation)

we do have an xslt task; we just require xalan or a xslt engine on the 
classpath for this stage of the build

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