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Re: binary vs. S-expressions
A million monkeys operating under the pseudonym
"Tatu Ylonen <email@example.com>" typed:
> As I said at the SPKI working group meeting, I strongly think
> that we should use a binary-only format.
> As Ron points out, readable formats do help a bit in debugging and
> troubleshooting. However, the relevance of this is small after the
> initial development; from then on, reliability, robustness and
> interoperability are the major issues.
I've been told that HTTP, HTML, SMTP, RFC822, and MIME were
successful in part because their human-readable encoding
facilitated learning and development. I wasn't involved with any
of that so I can't confirm it, but it certainly sounds reasonable
As a bonus, SPKI in a human-readable 7-bit ASCII form can be easily
_used_ with those standards.
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