# MPF’s divergence for pure YAML¶

MPF uses the YAML file format for config and show files. That said, MPF diverges from the pure YAML 1.2 specification for unquoted strings in a few ways. Those are cases where YAML guesses which data type the value is which led to problems/confusion in the past:

Values beginning with “+” are strings

The YAML spec essentially ignores a leading plus sign, so a value +1 would be read in as the integer 1. However MPF needs to differentiate between +1 and 1 since the plus sign is used to mean the value is a delta in certain situations, so MPF’s YAML interfaces will process any numeric values with a leading plus sign as strings.

Values beginning with a leading “0” are strings

The YAML spec will process values that are only digits 0-7 with leading zeros as octals. However MPF could have color values like 050505 which should be read as strings. So the MPF YAML interface processes any value with at least 3 digits and leading zeros as strings.

“On” and “Off” values are strings

The YAML spec defines on and off values as bools. But many MPF users create show names called “on” and “off”, so MPF’s YAML processor interprets those as strings. (True, False, Yes, and No are still processes as bools.)

Values with only digits and “e” are strings

The YAML spec will process a value like 123e45 as “123 exponent 45”. Since those could be hex color codes, MPF’s YAML interface processes values that are all digits with a single “e” character as strings.