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Data dumps from relational databases for one, aka, CSV.
The usual problems with that approach don't need to be
VRML97 is a good example of a format that is not as
verbose as XML but remains readable by humans. But
ease depends on familiarity with the content types.
The reverse question is pertinent: when does a
process/situation benefit from packing multiple
documents into a single package and sending them
over a network?
From: Stephen E. Beller [mailto:email@example.com]
Following up on Ram's questions, if one was to cherry-pick, what kinds of
situations would benefit from:
1. A document that is not written in a tagged tree structure?
2. A less verbose (streamlined) way to structure content, which (a) is
easily read by humans and (b) comes in a single version that is optimized
for rapid processing/rendering?
3. The ability to parse into multiple documents?