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      So, s-expressions, but the brackets are curly and after the first atom.

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      looks like s-expressions without () but {} when nesting is needed. Find it puzzling it’s not mentioned in the FAQs.

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        Curl the programming language is sorta like that, which is interesting.

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      It looks readable enough. I liked the raw strings. I didn’t see mention any start / end of document markers. That feels a bit strange, and I would be concerned about its inability to detect that the file or stream has been truncated.

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      KDL is a document language with xml-like semantics

      It fails to have any xml-like semantics. Seems mostly JSON-like.

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        I find it most reminiscent of troff, with somewhat more human-friendly syntax. The main difference with troff is the addition of the braces for nesting.

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          My thoughts exactly.

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        It has nesting and named nodes which can have children and properties. That’s the basics of xml. What semantics are you thinking of?

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          XML is all about the eXtensible, which is primarily namespaces.

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            I thought the “extensible” part was about its dynamism, a reaction to passing structs around and having to conform to pre-determined ABIs or something. The XML specification doesn’t even support namespaces (tho they’re now part of XML as determined by usage.)

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              The XML specification is a bit over-modular, but it does contain references to the namespace spec, which does exist https://www.w3.org/TR/xml-names/ it’s not just a “determined by usage” thing

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      Pretty neat. I’ve been gently pushing to use it at work. We’re on YAML right now for human-readability, but we’re using tags and other delights, which makes me think what we really want is something more complex. (Significant whitespace is not a concern for my teammates.)

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      i like this, mentally filing it away for the next time i need a text based serialization format. seems like a fun language to bake into the stdlib of a personal programming language project