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pc & mac editing-- whitespace disappears?

     
12:32 am on Jun 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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a friend of mine is helping me on a site. she uses a mac, I use a pc. she says she uses bbedit lite to edit files. to her, they look fine, whitespace is in place. however, when she uploads them and I download them and view them on a pc (regardless of what I use to view it, notepad, notepad++, ultraedit, etc) the whitespace is completely stripped out.

what causes this? is there a program she should be using instead of what she has now?

2:26 pm on June 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The problem is most likely different line ending used by the different operating systems. Macs use either a carriage return or a line feed, while PC's require a Carriage return then a linefeed.

If your Mac using colleague selects Save As and then Options, she should see an option for Windows/DOS format.

Alternatively, if she zipped the files and you unzipped them, that would probably take care of the line endings too.

Certain applications/text editors have functionality to deal with line ending differences. Note Pad and Word Pad don't, however.

7:34 am on June 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I use Alpha on the Mac, Textpad on PC and gedit on linux and it all works out hunkydory
8:37 pm on June 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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BBEdit menu > BBEdit Preferences > Text Files: Saving > Default Line Breaks: (_) Macintosh (_) Unix (_) DOS/Windows

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