I like files. Not all of them, but generally speaking, most of them. I don't like PDF files, though. I have developed a kind of love-hate relationship with Microsoft Word's doc(x) file format – kind of the same as with my daily newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat: sometimes they make me angry, but I can't really live without them. Excel files are interesting and I would like to understand them better. Nowadays, I am indifferent towards PowerPoint files (I used to be interested in them as well). The world would do well without them.
Text files are my favourites. Firstly, they come in different forms and they just keep on surprising me and only rarely irritate me. Most importantly, if a text file has been written by a human being, its content is usually relevant, not too long, and is meant to be read in its entirety. In addition, viewing text files does not require large and complex software.
It is true though, that often text files have been produced automatically or as a result of some kind of process, like the following example. It is a database dump for a certain customer’s content, but it is meant to be read by human beings. And it was sent to us for translation. I had to figure out how to convert it into a format that could be imported into the translation tool for translation. To cut a long story short, this is how the file was prepared for translation.