Ascii is usefull.

  1. Network-righteous (no NUXI)
  2. Sorted lists allow for hash-like processing with some cost
  3. Easily editable
  4. Tends to self-documenting
  5. Is the natural encoding for (english) strings.
  6. Can be made multi-user-safe with locking.
  7. Dumper solutions for persistence
  8. Can use "bag on the side" (indexes; various pre-processing hacks.)
  9. Very useful to be able to drop the bags cleanly without impact on correctness.
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