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Re: [xml-dev] XPackage: RDF/XLink-based packaging format
From: "Jim King" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> I support the view that packaging and manifest-like things are quite
> different and shouldn't be done with the same mechanism. If fact, I
> have a criteria that I think clearly separates these two:
> A trivial package should be a set of files within a directory. A
> more sophisticated packaging mechanism can turn these into a single
> file, preferably with an API that allows accessing the content files
> without unpackaging. There should be nothing in the packaging
> mechanism that cannot also be represented within the normal file
> systems. Any additional information should be just yet another file
> in the group.
Yes. I find it a little confusing that some people mean "packaging"
to mean "manifests" while others use it to mean "bundling".
XPackage seems to be really a manifest format, not what I would
call packaging per se. I guess XAR should avoid the term packaging
altogether, if it is a little ambiguous.
I will be in Florida for the XML 2001 conference in early December.
That would probably be a good time for anyone interested to discuss
this further. (We have gone ahead and made a trial implementation
of DZIP for our new product which may help discussion too.)