Ascii (somewhat) bad

  1. Poor update-ability unless fixed length and not growing
  2. Room for error in parsing/unparsing. Use titles for tab-delimited.
  3. Tends to sloppy definitions (line ending issues; what to do with whitespace).
  4. Like many stream definitions needs boundary-stuffing (how to encode a tab in tab-delimited files).
  5. Bad if you must add many (possibly overlapping) attributes to text.
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