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   RE: Is there anyone working on a binary version of XML?

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  • From: "DuCharme, Robert" <DuCharmR@moodys.com>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Thu, 25 Mar 1999 15:36:26 -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.

It's not so much about feelings, as about contradicting the XML spec.

>From 1. Introduction (http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml#sec-intro):

"XML documents are made up of storage units called entities, which
contain either parsed or unparsed data. Parsed data is made up of
characters, some of which form character data, and some of which form

("characters" there links to http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml#dt-character:)

A parsed entity contains text, a sequence of characters, which may
represent markup or character data. A character is an atomic unit of
text as specified by ISO/IEC 10646 [ISO/IEC 10646]. Legal characters are
tab, carriage return, line feed, and the legal graphic characters of
Unicode and ISO/IEC 10646."

Applying XML concepts to a binary data format sounds interesting and
potentially useful, but it wouldn't be XML.

Bob DuCharme       www.snee.com/bob       <bob@  
snee.com>  see www.snee.com/bob/xmlann for "XML:
The Annotated Specification" from Prentice Hall.

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