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Subject: Re: DOCBOOK: Re: DocBook filename extension

On Tue, Feb 19, 2002 at 05:21:34PM +0100, Peter Ring wrote:
> Not that it would be a general solution: NT/WIN2K/XP can actually attach
> extra attribute/value pairs to a file. It gets stored natively in the
> filesystem on NTFS.
> Anyway, I'd like to be able to ask the filesystem (or some such service)
> about at least a MIME type and an encoding; these are inherent
> characteristics of the file, and should be embedded in the file.

One can easily argue that informations stored in the filesystem, such
as file attribute/value pairs are *outside* the file, and *not*
embedded in the file.  This basically means that most legacy
filesystems will not store them, and most legacy tools will strip
them, even when transfering across filesystems that support them.

Yann Dirson <Yann.Dirson@fr.alcove.com>                 http://www.alcove.com/
Technical support manager                Responsable de l'assistance technique
Senior Free-Software Consultant          Consultant senior en Logiciels Libres
Debian developer (dirson@debian.org)                        Développeur Debian

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