I'm one of those edge cases that thinks encodings & formats are political, bc the act of bounding what and how things should exist just... is... but beyond a few format art pieces I don't know any good way to teach them. do I know anyone that does?
the first thing I reach for is @firstname.lastname@example.org 's vernacular https://beyondresolution.info/A-Vernacular-of-File-Formats
but I also think it's like music history: technical and aesthetic and also responsive to social history. there are movements and backlashes, cults of personality and cultural divisions.
@jonny what? yes. how? basically all of my libraries rely on on the trick of limiting how they are used to simplify the problem. it would be difficult to deliver utility otherwise...
@jonny i speak about libraries because it's most of what i write, but the same thing applies to formats - you are literally imposing order on chaos. you want to be flexible, but you still have to impose some order on the chaos or you don't have a format.
ha, surely. representation of knowledge about the representation of knowledge surely can't escape it
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