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It could be done but pre-processors for markup
seem a bit Rube Goldberg.
And that could be why it isn't done. All of the solutions
in the context of the web end up being more complicated
than simply using a tag with an href'd URL to get an external
file with a MIME type; so, one trades off modality for a connect
From: Karl Waclawek [mailto:email@example.com]
What about an XML pre-processor? Which means: the input is not XML,
but the pre-processor removes the binaries, inserts some tags with
special meaning in their place and its output is valid XML.
But that could be seen as just separating two intermixed data streams
that are somehow linked through some synchronization protocol - outside
of the realm of XML. Generally I like keeping esparate things separate,
good advice for any programmer.