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   Re: [xml-dev] Typing and paranoia

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Mike Champion wrote:

> Yup.  That's why I (and Robin Berjon, I suppose) are spending the energy 
> to try
> to persuade Tim that the idea is not as stupid and evil as it may appear
> at first glance :-).  The "binary infoset" genie is out of the bottle.  
> The question
> now is whether he serves the industry as a whole in a reasonably sane
> and IP-free way, or whether he serves several proprietary masters in
> a fragmented and patent-encumbered manner :-)

Hmm, I gather that people out there are already cooking up binary 
interchange formats that meet their needs.  Robin claims that there's a 
strong existing candidate for a standard in this area in BiM.  This is 
all well and good, and for any imaginable such format it's probably 
going to be pretty easy to work out a canonical mapping to XML for 
people who need it.

If there is enough basis of experience for a standard in this area, 
somebody has to invest the work to write it down and move it through the 
process.  What we can't afford is to let someone stick a label on the 
side of such a project that says "XML".  XML is, and should remain, a 
very specific promise about making available bits on the wire in a 
single highly-constrained textual syntax. -Tim


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