Crossword Puzzle Data Format

The biggest crisis in computer science today is the lack of a good crossword puzzle data format.

There are some existing formats:

There are also some terrible formats:

  • Across Lite
  • – BINARY format (!!) with “older TEXT version”. Enough said. The TEXT version does have no redundancy, however.

  • XwordInfo JSON – doesn’t even have a real name, and doesn’t deserve one. The format is full of redundancy, and is difficult to use. Example .json.

Special purpose formats:

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