RE: terra incognita
On Wed, 19 Dec 2001, Jeff Lowery wrote: > > The original poster mentioned CSVs which for all intents and > > purposes will > > always be smaller files than their XML counterparts. > > Of course, CSV's aren't self-describing. I've spent many hours trying to > debug CSV output and the eye-crossover point occurs much sooner with CSV > than with XML. Data handles are handy. CSV can be self describing, if you use the common variant that has column headings in the first row :-) I once defined a CSV SCHEMA format. The CSV SCHEMA for a CSV SCHEMA file looked like this: ColumnName,ColumnType ColumnName,VARCHAR(32) -- ColumnNames must be unique within a schema ColumnType,VARCHAR(128) -- ColumnTypes are SQL92 types In theory, you could do CSV with namespaces too; the above schema is set in the collision-ridden null namespace, but it could be written: http://www.alaric-snell.com/CSV-SCHEMA/ColumnName,... :-) ABS -- Alaric B. Snell http://www.alaric-snell.com/ http://RFC.net/ http://www.warhead.org.uk/ Any sufficiently advanced technology can be emulated in software
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