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Re: [xml-dev] Packaging (was Re: [xml-dev] Interoperability)

DIME will certainly be worth thinking about in a couple of years when (?)
there are implementations available on many different platforms,
but I think going with the current winner would be more viral. 

If one of the values for XML is that one can hack it together in a text
editor, then I think it is consistent if an "XAR"  similarly would use
the most common technology. 

So the spec should be something that a vendor can look at and
say "well, this will only take me a hour or two to program in:open
a ZIP file, look for files with well-known extensions, load those, and 
register the files with apropriate schema choosing mechanism" 
at the least.

Rick Jelliffe

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "James Clark" <jjc@jclark.com>
To: <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>
Sent: Saturday, November 17, 2001 11:44 AM
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Packaging (was Re: [xml-dev] Interoperability)

> Another format that should be considered is DIME:
>   http://www.gotdotnet.com/team/xml_wsspecs/dime/default.htm
> It seems pleasantly simple and well-designed. You can stream it for both 
> input and output.  It is being used by the Web Services Routing Protocol
> http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnsrvspec/
> html/ws-routing.asp
> so will probably get implemented quite widely.
> To use DIME as the XML packaging mechanism, the first record in the DIME 
> package would be meta-data, presumably in some XML format.  On the hand it 
> doesn't provide random access.
> James
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