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Re: "Binary XML" proposals

At 18:26 10/04/2001 +0100, Al Snell wrote:
>On Tue, 10 Apr 2001, Sean McGrath wrote:
> > You gotta run your figures on this sort of thing. If I had a days
> > holidays for every week I have wasted on an "obvious" performance
> > improvement over the last 18 years, I would not be seen on
> > XML-DEV till next April fools day.
>But before we can benchmark my idea for a binary encoding of XML vs. XML
>in real world applications, we need it implemented. And to decide whether
>it's worth implementing, we need to make some theoretical estimates first!

You do not need to have implemented binary XML in order to find
out what proportion of your applications run-time is spent
in XML parsing. That proportion figure is your point of departure
for deciding if a binary encoding might be a win for your

In my experience, when I run the figures, xml parsing does not
feature highly in the performance hotspot data of my applications.