For a desktop database, I would go for dBase files. Before everyone starts screaming for SQLite, let me explain my reasoning:
it is an open format - just about every spreadsheet can read/write to it.
no cumbersome SQL to learn for end users.. nearly plug an play
small number of files : 1 for the table and 1 for each index
tiny memory/resource requirements
no need to run a daemon
hope this helps
Jason L. Froebe
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