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   Re: [xml-dev] Fwd: [e-lang] Protocol implementation errors

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Alessandro Triglia wrote:

> Decoding ASN.1 BER/DER is not particularly difficult.  The procedure is
> specified in pages 10-37 of X.690 (*), which has been around for two
> decades.  If there are buggy implementations out there, they are not due to
> the alleged complexity of ASN.1, but to careless programming and superficial
> testing.

Empirically, though, when I have been faced with actual BER data, 
*ER-reading tools have been hard to find and of generally lousy quality. 
  This is not the case with XML tools.  Assuming you are correct about 
the difficulty, I assume this is a result of cultural and market rather 
than technical issues. -Tim


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