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Payments as a CSV

From: Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:46:43 +0200
Message-ID: <CAKaEYhJcLqX=DhLSjd+gHv9pJ_jYzmzzZMCaD9pgGhFNvsVEeQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Web Payments <public-webpayments@w3.org>
I was looking recently at the way that paypal handle bulk payments ... a
screenshot is below

https://www.paypalobjects.com/en_US/i/demo/batch_format.gif

<user1>  <amount>  <currency>  <user2>  <comment>

I realized this is very close to the webcredits fields without the
timestamp, and some of the meta fields (eg id, type, context, scheme)

I figured this might be a nice shorthand to store IOUs e.g. on paper, or on
a phone etc

Alice     10      USD     Bob     pizza

For example could be a line easily transerable to a universal webcredits
format


Rules:

Alice -> Is looked up to go from a local identifier to a universal on
processing
10 -> is validated as a float
Bob -> Is looked up to go from a local identifier to a universal on
processing
pizza -> is processed for escaped characters and recorded as a string

Two questions

1. Which delimiter to use, or leave it open as per csv
2. Add timestamp as optional or just take it from the file?
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