I read some subversion docs over the weekend, and so am sufficiently prepared to live with the oddities of "a standard" subversion layout. I think that if you make a non-standard layout, then everyone coming to, or going from, Zope from/to other subversion projects will be forever tripping over the uniqueness of Zope's setup.
IOW, the existing subversion docs cover "the standard" layout quite well. If we do something unique, I'm afraid it becomes another piece of folklore that will be impossible to guess and difficult to find out about.
I don't know much about subversion, but this strikes me as a good argument for sticking with the standard layout.
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