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Dave Rolsky
May 22, 2002 08:31
Re: Module::Build design plans
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On Wed, 22 May 2002, Edward Avis wrote:

> Well... yeah... I can't see any reason for expecting users to learn a
> new markup format.  XML is not ideal but it's widely known and *good
> enough*, just like Perl.
> I suppose that using somebody else's markup language (YAML) is better
> than making your own; then the wheel has been reinvented only once.  But
> still, it seems like gratuitous incompatibility.

YAML ain't a markup language

It's a data serialization language.

And as long as no one intends that module authors actually _write_ it (by
text editor) then I think it's just fine.

> If there are technical reasons to avoid XML in favour of YAML, then
> sure, go ahead.  If it's just a question of taste, then I would suggest
> that following an established standard is more important when the two
> conflict.  Just like you may not agree with perlstyle(1), but it works
> out best when everyone follows it.  Although this is just my 2c.

XML requires more tools than I think Ken wants to require.  At a minimum
you'd need XML::Parser and possible some XML writer module.  YAML is a
simple all-in-one solution.

> At this point it would almost be relevant for me to mention
> <>.

Eek, Python as XML, or XML as Python, or somehting like that !


we await the New Sun

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