XML - do it because you need it, not because of the Buzz.

XML is cool for handeling complex (or varied) data and sharing
this info with others (but if CSV will do, then use that!).

I'd suggest it VERY much depends on why you want to use it,
what is the ASCII data ?

If it was worth putting the data into XML and you were
worried about the speed of searching, you could always write a 
script (with one of the _many_ XML:: modules) to slurp keywords 
or whatever in from the XML so that you can search it in a DB and have
that point to a file rather than trawling all the XML files
for every search.

XML in a Nutshell is a very good book. 


- Who's only actually used XML for 2 projects and is proud of that fact.

On Thu, Jun 14, 2001 at 09:25:25AM +0100, Robert Thompson wrote:
> I was wondering what the pro's and con's are of using XML to structure ASCII
> based data files.
> What are peoples experience of using XML - particularly where you may have
> to trawl through lots of files to get at the data you want?

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