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On Thu, 5 Dec 2002 14:44:55 -0500, Elliotte Rusty Harold <email@example.com>
> There is no guarantee that the binary formats exported by one process make
> sense ton the next, even on the same architecture. I'm confident I can
> make sense out of XML on both ends. I'm not so sure about binary formats.
In my mind, "binary" is a bit of a misnomer and red herring. The issue
is Infoset serializations that are optimized for something or other ...
parsing speed, compactness, authorability, etc. etc. etc. How they
handle non-text data (in a native binary format, in a compressed
text format, or in a more compact markup format than XML's) is
an open question.