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   RE: [xml-dev] PSVI formalization

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:simonstl@simonstl.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
be applied.

> 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.


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