CSV 1.1 - Comma Separated (Named) Values, Version: 1.1

CSV Evolved (for Humans) - Easy-to-Write, Easy-to-Read

ID,Name,Code,Area,Pop
ca,Canada,CAN,9984670,34278406
us,United States,USA,9629091,314167157
mx,México [Mexico],MEX,1972550,112322757
...

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# North America

# area (in sq km), pop(ulation)

ca, Canada,          CAN,   9 984 670 km²,  34 278 406
us, United States,   USA,   9 629 091 km², 314 167 157
mx, México [Mexico], MEX,   1 972 550 km², 112 322 757
...

(Source: world.db/north-america/countries.txt)

Or

ID,Name,Capital,Area,Tags
bc,British Columbia,Victoria,922509,en|western canada
ab,Alberta,Edmonton,640082,en|western canada|prairies
mb,Manitoba,Winnipeg,552330,en|western canada|prairies
sk,Saskatchewan,Regina,588239,en|western canada|prairies
nb,New Brunswick,Fredericton,71377,en|fr|eastern canada|atlantic canada|maritimes
ns,Nova Scotia,Halifax,52939,en|eastern canada|atlantic canada|maritimes
pe,Prince Edward Island,Charlottetown,5686,en|eastern canada|atlantic canada|maritimes
nl,Newfoundland and Labrador,St. John's,370511,en|eastern canada|atlantic canada
...

vs

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# Oh, Canada! 10 provinces and 3 territories
#
# see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provinces_and_territories_of_Canada
#
# note: key is two-letter canadian postal code
#
# for regions tags see
#   en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_regions_of_Canada


bc, British Columbia,       Victoria,     922 509 km², en|western canada

ab, Alberta,                Edmonton,       640 082 km², en|western canada|prairies
mb, Manitoba,               Winnipeg,       552 330 km², en|western canada|prairies
sk, Saskatchewan,           Regina,         588 239 km², en|western canada|prairies

nb, New Brunswick,            Fredericton,    71 377 km², en|fr|eastern canada|atlantic canada|maritimes
ns, Nova Scotia,              Halifax,        52 939 km², en|eastern canada|atlantic canada|maritimes
pe, Prince Edward Island,     Charlottetown,   5 686 km², en|eastern canada|atlantic canada|maritimes
nl, Newfoundland and Labrador,  St. John's,   370 511 km², en|eastern canada|atlantic canada
...

(Source: world.db/master/north-america/ca-canada/regions.txt)

Design Principles

Easy-to-write. Less (typing) is better.

Easy-to-read.

Human. Practical (time-proven) alternatives for quotes and multi-line values.

Human. Options. Options. Options.

Conventions. Let the computer help you (auto-)fill-in values.

Backwards-Compatible. It’s just “vanilla” CSV.

License

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