Syck is now checked into Ruby CVS. You'll see it appear in the Ruby 1.8.0 release forthcoming. I'd like to propose Syck for inclusion in PHP and Python as well, since both extensions are coming along nicely. Once YAML finds acceptance in these communities, open source scripting languages will have an asset not found elsewhere. Plus, I think we'll save a lot people from writing parsers. And consequently, massive regular expressions. I feel there are great possibilities for YAML and Python, since they share indentation for scoping. If the YAML document separator ('---') became a Python construct, you could perform assignment with YAML rather than Python constructs. pkginfo = --- Name: Syck Version: 0.28 Summary: YAML Parser for Python Home-page: http://www.whytheluckystiff.net/syck/ ... So check YAML out. The best place to start is the Cookbook.