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On Wednesday 19 December 2001 02:53 am, Alan Kent wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 19, 2001 at 02:16:09AM -0800, Dare Obasanjo wrote:
> > ...but there are issues such as
> > a.) XML is not as efficient as a serialization technology ...
> > b.) Using XML involves ... half a dozen buzzword technologies...
> > c.) XML was originally designed to deal with text primarily and not
> > binary data ...
> I guess I don't see why any of the above are good reasons not to allow
> binary data. Sure, its not optimal. Sure XML has lots of other related
> standards. Sure XML was *originally* intended for text.
The reason why is that text is fundamentally different from arbitrary binary
streams. Text deals in characters, which are not equivalent to bytes.
XML would no longer be XML if it allowed arbitrary binary data.