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Re: Images embedded in XML

From: Al B. Snell <alaric@alaric-snell.com>

>...XML isn't good enough to realistically embed
>binary objects inside it, so they have to go over a seperate connection
>with some complex referencing mechanism.

Actually it seems like issues of how defaultable/compressible the data is,
and how inheritence is handled, which  determine whether an XML document or
a binary document is smaller. The specifics of how things are done seem to
dominate theory-based expectations.

"Even though an XML encoding, term for term, takes significantly more space
than a binary encoding, the archives produced by the new streams are
typically between 10x and 100x smaller than their serialized counterparts.
This is due to a comprehensive system for excluding default information from
the archives. "

Rick Jelliffe