XML is right for data formats

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Tue Aug 26 2003 - 17:24:43 CDT

|One thing we need to resolve before you can get very far is the file format.
|What will the uncompressed plain text ballot image look like? Do we have
|116 columns with X indicating the vote and blank for no vote, with the
|write-ins listed after that? It might be easier -- and more comprehensible
|for the audience -- to display the selections for the 13 races comma
|delimited, with any write-ins inserted into the appropriate column.

Bleach. These are precisely the types of data that XML is best suited
for (and far more flexible than fixed length and CSV records).
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