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> From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:email@example.com]
> I have no qualms about saying that textual representations
> with fully-expanded end tags are an inefficient means of
> shipping large quantities of integers and dates around, not
> to mention the thrills of binary data. (base64? hexBinary?
> wow. Incredible, even.)
XML inefficiency is a red-herring wrt the PSVI.
> XML is a wonderful foundation for building certain kinds of
> information interchange systems, and a key tool for making it
> clear that information interchange is in fact possible. XML
> is not an ideal tool for exchanging all kinds of information,
> however. The metadata costs of working with a text format
> spiral rapidly as more complex types than element structures
> and attribute annotations are applied.
I can't see how a binary format helps. The metadata will still need to
> What is this constant call for concrete? Stalinist
> architecture at its finest?
I guess folk are looking for some substance to an argument before
they'll let themselves be convinced.