Again, thank you very much, all of you, for your input. Thanks jreades in particular for such a lengthy answer.
To answer mbadolato, should it be object-oriented just because the project manager wants it that way?
It is a community project on which many people have worked and many more people will work in the future, so that's one argument in favour.
More to the point, I'll never have a better reason to attack a project like this: something I simultaneously know how to do off the top of my head and am completely baffled by, when looked at in OO terms.
I'm a lot less baffled now.
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