On Oct 29, 2007, at 2:06 PM, Trans wrote:

> I'm curious about use the .txt extension on README. I know Hoe does
> this. Why? Is this just to make it easier for Windows developers? Or
> is there some other reason?
>

Hoe is using regexp patterns to select files to include in the gem.  
One of those patterns includes all files with a .txt extension.  
Putting .txt onto the end of the README is easier than creating a  
special regexp case for all files like README, History, Manifest, etc.

This falls under the "sloth" rule from Larry Wall.

Blessings,
TwP