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   Re: Is XML getting too hard?

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  • From: "Jonathan Borden" <jborden@mediaone.net>
  • To: "XML Dev" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1998 16:15:03 -0400

>The idea of bundling up many files - promoted by David Megginson - is an
>exciting one. If I could be assured that I could send a jar file to a
>client and they could unbundle it seamlessly and effortlessly then I might
>very well eschew the complexities of namespaces (I'd still use simple
>ones). Effectively each namespaced object would be a file with a unique
>namespace. These could be referenced from the document either as NDATA (am
>I right?) or by XLink.
> However I am not convinced that this is a good idea for storing files
>client-side or manipulating them locally. Either they would remain as *.jar
>- which are unreadable by humans - or they would be expanded to lots of
>little files which could very easily get lost or overwritten. My own
>suggestion would be for a 'multipart' file where the different XML
>components were concatenated - perhaps even by special syntax. Then they
>are both human-readable and physically bound.

    multipart/related works well. Each part gets a Content-ID label which
translates into a "cid:xxx" URI. This allows each part to be internally
linked. The other advantage is that different parts can have different
Content-Types so that binary data can interoperate with XML. This is
especially true if an overall DOM is developed with integrates XML and other

Jonathan Borden
JABR Technology Corporation

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