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Re: debian/copyright format and SPDX

On Fri, Sep 08, 2023 at 07:34:43AM -0700, Russ Allbery wrote:
> I don't think the file format is the most interesting part of SPDX.  They
> don't really have a competing format equivalent to the functionality of
> our copyright files (at least that I've seen; I vaguely follow their
> lists).  Last time I looked, they were doing a lot with XML, which I don't
> think anyone would adopt for new formats these days.  (YAML or TOML or
> something like that is now a lot more popular.)

Formally, SPDX is only a data model, which supports several
serializations formats.  The XML one is I believe the most common one
for some technically good reasons, but it does support YAML
serialization, as well as some lossy ones as well (like CSV, plaintext,

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