[tz] Future tzfile format
apb at cequrux.com
Thu Sep 12 13:39:01 UTC 2013
On Thu, 12 Sep 2013, Clive D.W. Feather wrote:
> What's wrong with XML. Parsers are easy to obtain.
Please not XML. The tzfile parser needs to be lightweight,
whereas XML parsers tend to be large, or limited to a subset of
> The code that interprets the structure can ignore any entity
> they don't understand, giving complete extensibility.
You can do the same with simple binary formats, such as
Type-Length-Value, and you can have a bit in the type field to
> "if you don't know what an 'abc' is, raise an error now rather
> than trying to understand the contents".
--apb (Alan Barrett)
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