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

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At 2:39 PM +0000 2/27/03, Alaric B. Snell wrote:

>No, no, relax; in the scheme I suggested, it uses the type information as
>*advisory* data on how to encode stuff. It could ignore it all and just put
>everything in as strings. This is what people refer to as a "Schema-aware

I'm not sure what you're suggesting is what Robin's suggesting. Right 
now I'm very confused (not that unusual or even unproductive a state 
to be in, though :-)

Type-awareness strikes me as fundamentally dangerous, especially in 
this sort of scheme. Yes, it could encode everything as strings but 
given that it doesn't, how do I decode? Do I have to have the schema 
handy? or is the type information bundled into the binary file?

Also, how are elements like these encoded?

<quantity type="xsd:int">000017</quantity>
<quantity type="xsd:int">17.00000</quantity>
<quantity type="xsd:int">17.5</quantity>
<quantity type="xsd:int">two</quantity>
<quantity type="xsd:int">2 and not a fnord</quantity>
<quantity type="xsd:int>Cheesy Poofs</quantity>

I expect any plausible binary compression scheme to be lossless with 
respect to the infoset, not the PSVI mind you but the I. I don't 
expect to lose any significant data just because:

1. The data is invalid
2. I happen to use a different schema for decoding than you used for encoding

If the binary compression fails these tests, I cry shenanigans on you. :-)

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