> For those not familiar with TL1, "supposed to be readable" here means
 > "encoded in ASCII rather than binary".  It's about as readable as
 > EDIFACT and HL7.


The (U.S.) medical records system that started at the Veterans'
Administration and has now spread to all but all parts of the
U.S. Federal government that handle electronic health records is
ASCII encoded, and readable.  Called "The Blue Button,"[1] there
is even an HL7->Blue Button file converter.[2]

Score one for human readable.



[1] www.va.gov/BLUEBUTTON/Resources.asp
[2] www.hl7.org/implement/standards/product_brief.cfm?product_id=288

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