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RE: Textual transmission typically faster?

> I recall one of the presenters at XTech last year had been
> experimenting with using a Java-serialized DOM rather than the source
> XML document, and was surprised to find that the Java-serialized DOM
> was both considerably larger than the *uncompressed* XML and
> considerably slower to load.

That shouldn't be surprising -- generally speaking a parse tree is
larger than the text input to the parser. (And java serialization 
doesn't win any awards for efficiency in either time or space).

However, a binary representation of the same data (specified in 
ASN.1 and encoded using BER, say) would be much smaller and more

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