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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.
This would mean that you can't transcode a document without parsing it.