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This paper presents some of the potential of canonical S-expressions as a data interchange format by showing how they can be used as a basis for designing a system with many desirable properties. The presentation walks through; a description of design considerations, (some of) the tools needed to interact with the data, how the system can be used as a metaprogramming framework (i.e. operating system interface) and finally we sketch a coordination mechanism for a decentralized name system and end with a discussion of how one could potentially create a sustainable decentralized network.

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    Only just skimmed your article, but looking forward to diving deeply. I have long thought that canonical S-expressions are what CSS, XML and JSON should have been. They are just so obviously right in ways those others simply aren’t.

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