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Re: almost four years ago....
- From: Alaric Snell <email@example.com>
- To: The Deviants <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2001 16:09:56 +0100 (BST)
Quoting Elliotte Rusty Harold <email@example.com>:
> There seems to be a large group of programmers who
> mistakenly believe:
> 1. File size matters.
> 2. They can compress better than gzip.
This is easy to do. GZIP is massively crippled by having no information about
the structure of the file - it's just a string of bytes that it has to make
some assumptions about the probable structure of with regards to frequency
distributions that won't even apply very well to XML; it's trivial to write
something that compresses better, especially if you use gzip for what it's best
at (the CDATA) and handle the <> bits yourself.
> 3. Human legible/human editable data doesn't matter.
Indeed, we must never use image files, filesystems, or gzip - they'll never
take off :-)
> All three beliefs have been empirically proven false time and time
Alaric B. Snell
http://www.alaric-snell.com/ http://RFC.net/ http://www.warhead.org.uk/
Any sufficiently advanced technology can be emulated in software