the scary thing about #Plan9 is when in file formats it has stuff like:

file: refers to a file
some-special-string: does a special thing

and that just invites the problem of someone using some-special-string as a file name

pls, anyone who does #programming
do not ever do anything like this
keep your formal grammars unambiguous

if you do not, Ada Lovelace will come down from Programmer Heaven and smite you

(might have been a protocol and not a file format, but the point stands. text is nice but only if you can fit a grammar onto it.)


@grainloom This is my number-one complaint with calls to ‘just use plain text’, I don’t want to parse poorly-specified, ambiguous schemata.

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