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- From: John Cowan <email@example.com>
- To: XML Dev <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 13:46:21 -0400
> Knowing that the data format will be used to store binaries anyway in
> embedded markets, I have to wonder if there is a formalized way to solve
> the problems in embedding binary in XML documents. Because it is going to
> happen... there can't be any question about that.
Binaries will have to be encoded before being embedded, period.
Anything else isn't XML. After all, what prevents the binary
from containing < or &, never mind any of the illegal characters
in the 00-1F range?
> I understand that a schema mechanism is being added to XML. I don't know
> anything about it... haven't been able to find anything yet. But, if a
> schema is available in the file with the XML datasets, several binary datatypes
> should be able to be called out. This would make the MIME-happy folks happier
> and help us build xml-compliant consumer electronic blocks that are affordable.
Sure. With or without schemas, you can tag elements as containing
base-64 encodings of any MIME type you want. But there has to be
an encoding, not raw binary bits.
> So... is there any public information about XML-Schema? Any idea if one or
> more binary formats is called out as a datatype within it?
You can read the various W3C Notes: XML-Data, DCD, SOX, DDML.
None of them tolerate raw binary. Several provide a datatype
tag for base-64-encoded octets.
John Cowan http://www.ccil.org/~cowan email@example.com
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