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- From: David Brownell <email@example.com>
- To: John Cowan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 14:03:50 -0700
John Cowan wrote:
> > (2) Just like in HTML, binary data is _referenced_ by the XML document,
> > correct?
> Typically. Nothing prohibits you from encoding binary data as
> Base64 and incorporating it into an XML document, but nobody has
> converters for that yet either.
Actually, I've seen bunches of those; there's no difficulty in
writing them. Just define a way to tag the binary data as
whatever you wanted ... maybe something like
<mime content-type="... some MIME content type ...">
... Base 64 encoded content ...
There's an article on www.xml.com from last year sometime on this
topic; I don't recall how technical it is, you should be able to
make something like the above "<mime...> element work quite easily.
Some folk prefer such "inlined" data for its improved latency;
embedding references might lead to better storage structures.
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