Re: [dev] Some thoughts about XML

From: Charlie Kester <>
Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2013 18:34:03 -0700

On Wed 23 Oct 2013 at 16:44:34 PDT Alexander S. wrote:
>2013/10/24 Mihail Zenkov <>:
>> 2013/10/23, Alexander S. <>:
>>>> I'm confused as to what is wrong with the .ini style configurations.
>>>> They're not just used in Windows, they're used in many other places that
>>>> require simple, easy to use configurations. Python uses it, there are C
>>>> api's for it, etc.
>>>> So what problem do you have with a .ini file?
>>> They are okay for simple config files. They are the opposite of okay
>>> for a markup language.
>> Why?
><li> Lack of proper hierarchy, for one;
><li> Lack of proper heterogenous containers, for two;
><li><b>The most important one</b>:
>lack of multiline strings.
>Try to express something as simple as <i>my answer</i> (which is
>rather trivial HTML snippet) in .ini format.

So don't use it as a markup language.

As far as I know, it was never claimed to be fit for that purpose.
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