We were looking at the latest spec and it didn't have much background information or explanation on what SSZ is trying to achieve. What are the key goals of SSZ?

Examples of its serialization and Merkleization advantages would be very helpful as this may be a canonical question.

  • Read this a while ago, but didn't actually digest it at the time. (And still haven't!) Possibly of use from "Why a New Serialization Format? Why Not Protobuf, JSON, or Others?" onward... -> rauljordan.com/2019/07/02/… – Richard Horrocks Aug 18 '19 at 17:43

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