I'm looking for the proper name for a web service that responds with text as opposed to XML. As an example this "cardServer" service will return 5 cards for a poker hand.
The result could look like this:
Card1=Ad Card2=Kc Card3=Ts Card4=5d Card5=3d
The real world example is not as trivial, but the concept is the same. Parameters if any are passed as POST variables.
We currently parse the response into a string list and use the values. The process works just fine. What I'm wondering if this service method has a name that has easier tools to deal with the responses and therefore did we reinvent the wheel? For the record the service was provided and maintained by a customer.