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I'm sure this is really na´ve of me, but I have to admit that I don't
understand why binary data cannot be sent within an xml document by
providing appropriately namespace-controlled attributes that identify an
element type as binary and specify its length. For example:
<foo xml:mytype="binary" xml:binarylength="1776">
or some such thing, followed by 1776 octets of whatever one likes. It's
kind of like MIME in some respects- as long as its type and length are
identified, you can do whatever you like with it.
It's so obvious that I am sure it has been rejected already, but, being
a mere implementor, I don't quite understand why.