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RE: binary base64 definition

What if I ditched DOM and used another tool for managing the XML file; could
I then insert the base64 content and still be within the XML standards? Is
this a limitate of DOM? Thanks. Jerry

-----Original Message-----
From: Ian Graham [mailto:igraham@ic-unix.ic.utoronto.ca]
Sent: Saturday, January 06, 2001 10:50 AM
To: Dan Vint
Cc: Jerry Johns; 'xml-dev@lists.xml.org'
Subject: Re: binary base64 definition

The DOM supports access to notation nodes, but can enforce no statement
aobut the proper encoding of a referenced external entity (which makes
sense, as it is external to the document).

Base64 encoding of content inside a document would require custom code for
doing the encoding/decoding, and some attribute-based mechanism for
labeling the 'type' content of the node containing the data. That is
certainly possible, but as far as I can see is outside the scope of the


On Fri, 5 Jan 2001, Dan Vint wrote:

> You can't use elements this way, but an alternative would be to create a 
> NOTATION type and then an external entity of this type - you would copy
> the contents of whatever should be base 64 into this external file, it
> would be part of the XML document but it would be outside. Not sure if
> DOM has been setup to understand NOTATIONS, but in an SGML world you would
> be able to associcate a "processor" with that notation and have it called 
> whenever you needed to read or write that format. 
> Your DTD might look like the following:
> <!DOCTYPE .... [
> <!NOTATION base64 SYSTEM "binary base64">
> <!ENTITY extfile1 SYSTEM "extfile.b64" NOTATION "base64" >
> ]>
> ....
> &extfile1;
> ...
> The syntax is probably not exact but you can look up the details.
> ..dan
> > 
> > In the DTD, can I specify a type of "binary base64" for an element so
> > when I write to the XML file using DOM, DOM will automatically encode
> > binary data for me without parsing for control characters? If so, I
> > it will do the reverse when I read that element.
> > 
> > Can anyone validate my assumption about the DTD data type? Has anyone
> > an example DTD definition with this in it?
> > 
> > Thanks much.
> > Jerry
> >