Re: [Json] Meanwhile, out there...

Carsten Bormann <cabo@tzi.org> Sun, 02 March 2014 12:51 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Json] Meanwhile, out there...
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On 02 Mar 2014, at 12:15, Pete Cordell <petejson@codalogic.com> wrote:

> SHON - Simple Humanized Object Notation

YAML already fills this niche rather nicely.
It is a stable, widely implemented specification.
(It also happens to include JSON as a subset.)

There often is confusion because JSON is “human-readable”.
However, JSON is for app-to-app, not for human-to-app.
Most naive JSON extension proposals are based in not understanding this fine point.

In a pinch, JSON can be used for human-to-app.
But instead of trying to extend JSON to become another YAML, just use YAML for human-to-app.

(Human-readable, more generally speaking text-based, formats have certain advantages over binary formats even for app-to-app.
Insert MEGACO flip-a-coin story here.)

Grüße, Carsten