Could you possibly replace the bad bytes with their NCR values, and raise a
On Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 9:32 AM, Jon Stroop <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Coming from nowhere on this...is there a place where it would be
> convenient to flag which behavior the user (of the library) wants? I think
> you're correct that most of the time you'd just want to blow through it (or
> replace it), but for the situation where this isn't the case, I think the
> Right Thing to do is raise the exception. I don't think you would want to
> bury it in some assumption made internal to the library unless that
> assumption can be turned off.
> On 11/19/2013 07:51 PM, Jonathan Rochkind wrote:
>> ruby-marc users, a question.
>> I am working on some Marc8 to UTF-8 conversion for ruby-marc.
>> Sometimes, what appears to be an illegal byte will appear in the Marc8
>> input, and it can not be converted to UTF8.
>> The software will support two alternatives when this happens: 1) Raising
>> an exception. 2) Replacing the illegal byte with a replacement char and/or
>> omitting it.
>> I feel like most of the time, users are going to want #2. I know that's
>> what I'm going to want nearly all the time.
>> Yet, still, I am feeling uncertain whether that should be the default.
>> Which should be the default behavior, #1 or #2? If most people most of the
>> time are going to want #2 (is this true?), then should that be the default
>> behavior? Or should #1 still be the default behavior, because by default
>> bad input should raise, not be silently recovered from, even though most
>> people most of the time won't want that, heh.