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RE: "Binary XML" proposals
- From: "Christopher R. Maden" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: email@example.com
- Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 02:03:15 -0700
At 15:42 10-04-2001, Al Snell wrote:
>On Tue, 10 Apr 2001, Christopher R. Maden wrote:
> > As you noted, any binary XML format must contain exactly as much
> > information as the text form.
>Wrong. Exactly as much *useful* information. The binary format can miss
>out a whole load of redundant cruft that helps fleshlings follow the plot,
>but has to be located and discarded by a computer.
This is what "information" means, in the entropic or information
sense. Compression science is about trying to find the smallest
representation of the same information (or, in domain-specific cases like
JPEG or MPEG, determining what information is OK to lose when the end
processor will be a human brain). What you're working on comes down to an
efficient compression algorithm... and those already exist. You can
implement compression on a filesystem or over the wire regardless of
format; it's not clear to me where the win is in precompressing.
Christopher R. Maden, XML Consultant
DTDs/schemas - conversion - ebooks - publishing - Web - B2B - training
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