the latest: >

  yaml is a text format for storing objects
  in a human-readable fashion.  [http://www.yaml.org/]

  yaml.rb is the most advanced parser and emitter
  for yaml currently available.  this 0.44 release builds
  on that core by offering a schema validator, RPC
  client/server, and the beginnings of YPath
  support.

concerning installation: >

  thanks to some discussion on this list about
  racc and the surprising number of votes to
  put yaml.rb in the WindowsInstaller, yaml.rb
  no longer requires racc to be installed. 

  iconv is still required for unicode support.

more yaml.rb at: http://yaml4r.sf.net/

and: if you're new to yaml, many people find
     the cookbook [http://yaml4r.sf.net/cookbook/]
     to be a nice start.

docs: http://yaml4r.sf.net/doc/

what do you get if you load this message into YAML.rb?: a Ruby Hash!

thanks for your time: >

  _why