|Weblog:||It's the Data, Stupid|
|Subject:||A hierarchy of textual formats?|
I find that their is a hierarchy to data stored as human readable text. From a series of notes in a file made without regard to prgrammatic filtering/Searching - when I try to keep spellings consistant and may leave text marker strings around to help when searching in vi.
- through more structured text - tabular data that is easily read by awk (and so by most other scripting languages)
- and on to text with yet more structure where i will write it so that it could be parsed by a scripting language (I have used this technique to format written data in lisp and Python data structures). Personally I find XML syntax very verbose for typing by hand and since I rarely use other tools that read or write XML, I survive without writing XML