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Alessandro Triglia wrote:
> ASN.1. The new XML Encoding Rules of ASN.1 are being finalized by the
> joint ISO/IEC/ITU-T standards group. Publication is expected within a
> few months.
> The language allows the specification of schemas for a wide range of XML
> documents. It takes a different view from other schema languages, in
> that it is based on the definition of an abstract data structure, whose
> "values" are *encoded* in XML.
> One benefit of this model is that the "information content" of an XML
> document described by an ASN.1 schema can be immediately encoded in any
> of the standard binary Encoding Rules of ASN.1 (such as BER, DER, or
> PER) with no effort, as an alternative to XML itself, whenever size is a
Speaking as one who has just invested several very painful solid days
trying to pick apart 1.3 million data records transmitted in ASN.1/BER
(the one or two publicly available pieces of software that claimed to do
BER silently failed to do anything, the information provider's own C
program was idiosyncratic, failed to compile out of the box, and ran
painfully slow), and then discovered that all the non-ASCII characters
are hosed, I hope that this effort bears fruit.
At the moment I am about ready to categorically refuse ever to deal with
anything that has anything to do with ASN.1. Bah. -Tim