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   Is there anyone working on a binary version of XML?

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  • From: "Stephen D. Williams" <sdw@lig.net>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Thu, 25 Mar 1999 14:08:34 -0500

I know, I know, this is anathema to what many of you feel is the essence of
XML, and I agree to a point.
I have come to feel however that there is room for a "works-as-if" binary
analogue to text based XML.  Something that is totally subservient to the
standard and has exactly equivalent features, but that is highly efficient
for processing at all levels and easily converted to and from text based

In using XML in real-world application work and designing future
infrastructure that is highly scalable and efficient while making use of
XML, I have come to the conclusion that I need a standard way to deal with
an XML analogue that is binary.  There are a multitude of performance
problems that this solves, not only in parsing and exporting, but processing
of related data inside applications.

Before I make all the details and ideas public, I would like to know if
there is any serious precedent directly dealing with XML.

My design has highly efficient Java processing in mind, but is not specific
to any particular language.
Compression is a secondary, but associated issue.

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