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

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I am not a tool vendor, and will leave the tool vendors to comment further, but 
please recognise that in the climate of the 1980s, which may be where much of 
the "my experience is" may be coming from, open-source was not an established 
reality, and free software was generally only available as the result of masters 
  students' projects at universities, and frequently only provided for things 
that could be implemented in the time-frame of such projects.

An open-source exercise to fully (and correctly!) implement a set of ASN.1 tools 
would indeed be interesting to try to get off the ground.

John L

Robin Berjon wrote:

> Alaric B Snell wrote:
>> 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?
> There seems to be quite a few half-baked Open Source tools for ASN.1 
> that seem to have stopped at supporting BER and a subset of the abstract 
> syntax that they deemed useful, but never its entirety. Do the ASN.1 
> folks consider this a problem? It certainly has caused me to try and use 
> it, and give up in the past for I didn't have time to fix the tools. 
> What is the generally admitted reason for this? Spec complexity? Lack of 
> interest? Something else?

    Prof John Larmouth
    Larmouth T&PDS Ltd
    (Training and Protocol Development Services Ltd)
    1 Blueberry Road
    Bowdon                               j.larmouth@salford.ac.uk
    Cheshire WA14 3LS
    Tel: +44 161 928 1605		Fax: +44 161 928 8069


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