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

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  • From: Leigh Dodds <ldodds@ingenta.com>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Fri, 26 Mar 1999 09:49:43 -0000

> Then imagine you can write or communicate the object to other
> systems simply with IO
> operations with no processing involved.  Then imagine that the IO
> is async and very cheap and
> that you are processing thousands of transactions per second,
> most of which generate
> fundamentally little processing steps.

I just want to clarify my understanding of this thread: you're discussing
a binary format which is analagous to the internal representation of an
XML document (a DOM tree), and which can be stored, used and manipulated
without revisiting the original XML text?

Wouldn't a (undoubtedly naive) implementation of this be simply serialising
the object graph to disk, or through an I/O stream? This is obviously easy
in Java, and again is only obviously beneficial if the serialised object
graph is more 'compact' (which I believe is at least partly behind your
desire) than the original textual version?

Just a brain check on my part ;)


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