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In reply to: https://kieranhealy.org/files/papers/plain-person-text.pdf

A PDF all about the merits of plaintext and R.

Generally speaking, I try to use plaintext everywhere and anywhere that I can. My reasoning is multiple:

  1. Plaintext is pretty archival. I don’t think it is gonna go out of style (as in not be readable) anytime soon, and data integrity seems to be solid
  2. Plaintext is quick. I don’t need fancy-shmancy software. I can use multiple tools to work on the same file without having that file occur artifacts form the tools themselves
  3. Plaintext is scriptable. I can easily write a script to process, search, or alter a plaintext document. This is not so easy using some other proprietary format
  4. Plaintext is equally machine and human-readable…for the most part