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   Re: [xml-dev] XML / HTML Transport size

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"Gerben Rampaart (Casnet Mechelen)" scripsit:

> Since bandwidth is a way more precious 'good' than CPU cycles, can W3C come
> with a standard that compresses XML files before sending and decompresses
> when arriving. This will cost more CPU cycles but (much) less bandwidth.
> Obviously the standard (specification) should contain a platform independent
> way of compression.

We already have several such platform-independent methods, if by that you
mean that cross-platform compressors and decompressors exist.  A variety of
small-scale studies have shown that general-purpose compression is generally
as good as, or better than, some scheme that knows it's compressing XML.
A scheme for compressing a particular XML document type might be useful
in extreme cases, but is probably not worth standardizing.

The fact is that images, audio, and video, which are already compressed,
constitute the bulk of the traffic on the Internet today.

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