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   Re: [xml-dev] ASN.1 is an XML Schema Language (Fix those lists!)and Bina

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Simon St.Laurent wrote:

> If some aspect of ASN.1 can cover mixed content and open content models,
> I'm happy to welcome it to my regular list of XML schema languages.
> Otherwise, I'll be happy to continue promoting ASN.1 as an _alternative_
> to XML, albeit one with ASN.1->XML->ASN.1 interoperability.
> (It's the anyXML->ASN.1->anyXML part that seems to remain a problem.)

There's an ASN.1 type for the Infoset... meaning, one ASN.1 schema that 
covers any XML document. Useful for simple arbitrary-XML compression by 
reading XML and outputting a PER representation of the infoset. Run the 
result of that through GZip to compress the text parts and it gets 
pretty small!

> I also wish there were open source tools for ASN.1 that just reported
> the contents of an ASN.1 message, more like the open-ended approach that
> XML parsers have generally taken.
> There could be some very cool stuff there. 

Yeah... the shortage of ASN.1 tools sucks. There's some really lovely 
tools you can pay for, but that situation locks out experimenters, open 
source folks, etc.

Who's up for a project to build an open source ASN.1 toolkit?



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