This might be a controversial issue but I think today's programming
languages provide powerfull tools to process ASCII data under the form of
If contest logs would come under the XML format with standard tags to ID the
fields, parsing logs would be relatively easy.
The .Net platform has some nice built in routines to write data to or read
from XML where minimal code is required.
I think this applies to contest logs:
XML, in combination with other standards, makes it possible to define the
content of a document separately from its formatting, making it easy to
reuse that content in other applications or for other presentation
environments. Most importantly, XML provides a basic syntax that can be used
to share information between different kinds of computers, different
applications, and different organizations without needing to pass through
many layers of conversion.
( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XML )
- Franki ON5ZO = OQ5M
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