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As long as you pretty print or indent well, that is so, but
also true for any braced language if you don't have to
scroll. Otherwise, PFE and brace matching work for the
curly brackets and not the pointy ones. But any tool
that will select/match a nest is a good idea beyond
eyeballing it because any recursing element will
make you curse right along with it. VRML is curly
bracketed and terse, but man, scanning and editing
without the editor is mondo painful. Part of that
is because of the actual content: long lines of
numbers separated sometimes by space, sometimes
by commas and the author or tool gets to choose.
In this kind of situation, XML is verbose and kinda
ugly, but easier.
S-expressions are good. They are unfortunately
LISP and they got the same bum rap as SGML for
From: Elliotte Rusty Harold [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
The 1-1 onto mapping is more obvious here than in the CSV case.
However, I still think XML has practical benefits, even if the
information content is the same. Simply put, XML makes it a lot
easier for humans to match the right end-tag with the right
start-tag, and to find out which one's missing where when there is a
problem. This is not really an issue for machines, but it's very
important for human-generated and edited content.