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   Re: [xml-dev] Compiled XML

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3/27/2002 12:53:59 AM, Mike Brown <mike@skew.org> wrote:

>Mike Champion wrote:
>> In general, though, you would be well-advised to not try to compress 
>> arbitrary text better than gzip can.  You'll fail.
>http://sources.redhat.com/bzip2/index.html is gradually gaining wider
>acceptance and distribution. I'd say it's where gzip was in 1993-94. It's a
>little more CPU intensive but is also consistently better than gzip.

Sorry, I was using "gzip" in a vague way to represent modern compression
libraries.  My assertion -- which is just my sense of
the previous discussions, not a competent professional opinion -- 
was that it's unlikely that a "binary XML" scheme would compress 
data significantly better than an off the shelf text compression algorithm.  


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