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- Subject: Re: Simple XHTML (XML) parser/printer
- From: Miles Bader <miles@...>
- Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 14:21:13 +0900
Tuomo Valkonen <email@example.com> writes:
> I've never liked XML for anything, thanks to its its horrible syntax.
> It's not good for software processing, which would far more efficiently
> handle a binary format, and it's not good for humans, being over-verbose.
I don't like XML much either, but I think for "save files" (not usually
read/written by humans), the result move to a humanly readable format
with a somewhat standardized tree-oriented structure is a _huge_
improvement over the random crappy binary formats that generally
I'm all too often in the position where I want to reverse-engineer some
undocumented/proprietary file-format, but really don't wanna spend a
huge amount of effort on it, and xml-based formats generally seem to
make this task much more tractable than the Bad Old Days...
There are some extreme cases where huge file size or whatever make a
binary format better, but I don't think that's the case for most
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