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Re: debian/copyright format and SPDX

On Fri, Sep 22, 2023 at 11:11 AM Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org> wrote:
> SPDX defines an xml format only.  They lost before they'd even started.
> debian/copyright is supposed to be human-readable first and foremost.  XML
> need not apply.

Not true. From [1]:

> Shall be in a human readable form.
> [...]
> Multiple serialization formats may be used to represent the information being exchanged. Current supported formats include:
> [...]
> tag:value flat text file as described in this specification

It's the same format that REUSE [2] uses. It is very much human
readable, or at least as human readable as DEP5 (I don't think any
human will ever read a DEP5 file with 200 lines of CC-BY-4.0 but
that's besides the point).


[1]: https://spdx.github.io/spdx-spec/v2.3/conformance/#44-standard-data-format-requirements
[2]: https://reuse.software/

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