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   Re: [xml-dev] Parsing efficiency? - why not 'compile'????

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Karl Waclawek wrote:
> For me, the main question where I have difficulty is to decide
> what the difference would be other than loosing human readability.

The thread's been there before. It usually falls into the expected tarpit: some 
people will say that text is human-readable, others will say that it depends on 
the encoding (UTF-16 on a US-ASCII box, gzip, etc), others still will hold the 
point of view that anything that has a viewer is human readable, be it a JPEG 
with an image viewer or text with a text editor. After increasingly specious 
arguments, the thread dies off.

> Let's assume we would have had a binary XML specification from
> the beginning, everything basically the same, just binary streaming format,
> but same Infoset, same APIs for reporting XML content.
> What would be the difference? For the programmer? For the platforms?

It would be horrible. Quite simply horrible. But then, it would never have taken 
off so we wouldn't be discussing it.

Binary XML is a contradiction in adjecto. That's why I'm anti-binxml: simply 
because there is no such thing as "Binary XML". Binary Infosets however are 
another story completely, and much more interesting :)

Robin Berjon <robin.berjon@expway.fr>
Research Engineer, Expway        http://expway.fr/
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