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

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  • From: "Jonathan Borden" <jborden@mediaone.net>
  • To: "Tim Bray" <tbray@textuality.com>, "Dan Brickley" <Daniel.Brickley@bristol.ac.uk>, <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Fri, 26 Mar 1999 13:05:25 -0500

Tim Bray wrote:
> At 08:54 PM 3/25/99 +0000, Dan Brickley wrote:
> >Quite so. But there are still initiatives such as
> >
> >	http://www.wapforum.org/docs/technical.htm
> >	http://www.wapforum.org/docs/technical1.1/WBXML-03-Feb-1999.pdf
> I read some of it, and if you buy the idea that a binary form of XML
> is useful, it seems quite sensible.  I'm agnostic; if they think they
> need it who are we to tell them they don't?  Obviously it has to
> round-trip with plain ole XML. -T.

	I think what this really is, when you strip out the concept of binary XML,
is a suggestion for a compression format tuned for markup streams.

	There are two distinct issues 1) efficiency of parsing  2) compactness. A
standard compression format for XML (ala zip,gzip etc) would be for
bandwidth limited applications.

Jonathan Borden

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