[Rd] DESCRIPTION file: Space after colon mandatory?

Kirill Müller kirill.mueller at ivt.baug.ethz.ch
Tue Mar 29 15:44:10 CEST 2016

According to R-exts, DESCRIPTION is a DCF variant, and " Fields start 
with an ASCII name immediately followed by a colon: the value starts 
after the colon and a space." However, according to the linked 
horizontal space before and after a value are trimmed, this is also the 
behavior of read.dcf().

Is this an omission in the documentation, or is the space after the 
colon actually required? Thanks.

Best regards


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