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Re: :zz,unix: Probs running PC ZigZag from Linux

> At 06:58 AM 7/11/99 +1000, you wrote:
> >On Sun, Jul 11, 1999 at 05:02:50AM +0900, Ted Nelson wrote:
> >> Wouldn't it be possible to have a preprocessor that
> >>  checks the ZigZag file and fixes it for the current version,
> >>  no matter what machine or format it's in?
> >>
> >> I think we really need it.  The non-interoperability
> >>  is already a great difficulty for me.
> >
> >For the Zigzag data, we already do this as much as possible.  We can't
> >convert from foreign formats where we don't have the program that
> >created the file and thus don't know how to access it.  That's why we
> >have a standard text-based interchange format.  I also can't see a way
> >to have the program check itself for wrong line endings before it is
> >run - you'd have to use another program to do that.  That's why we have
> >separate Unix and Windows versions of Zigzag.  Welcome to the wonderful
> >world of incompatibility that we all live in.
> >
> >Cheers,
> >	*** Xanni ***

On Sun, Jul 11, 1999 at 11:17:27AM +0900, Ted Nelson wrote:
> Okay, so the Windows version can't be recognized
>  automatically.  So why can't we give the Windows version
>  a flag that the processor can check for?

I don't quite understand what you're proposing.  Can you be more specific?

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