Let's develop an open-source media archive standard

From: Steve Thatcher <melamy_at_earthlink.net>
Date: Wed Aug 11 15:05:37 2004

XML is platform neutral, ascii and provides a structure to information rather than just an INI file type of dump - the start and end keywords let you define as many sub structures as you need.

best regards, Steve Thatcher

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Subject: RE: Let's develop an open-source media archive standard

On Wed, 11 Aug 2004, Cini, Richard wrote:

> This example represents the block data using metatags...I guess along the
> "XML" part of the thread.
> I was thinking similarly to you but not using XML metadata:
> ;Hardware descriptor
> DRIVETYPE (this of course defines what follows)
> ;for floppy
> ;HexData
> ; Each record or group of records contains the related media data. The
> address record would be used for encoding the metadata
> 00TTSSHH: (00-track-sector-head)
> I looked to Intel Hex (or Motorola) because it had built-in CRC facilities
> and it was human-readable ASCII. The drive and machine description could be
> encoded in special MOT records probably.

I like the XML style because it's more explicit; more human-readable.

> XML is more a more "current" technology but I was trying to keep with the
> platform neutrality by sticking to text-only and not assuming the use of any
> other technology like XML.

XML is platform neutral because it's basically ASCII, right?

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