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>At least we have XML FWIW.
And, we have the ASN.1 defined encoding rules that are
completely interchangeable with XML. This means that we can offer
interchange that is both easy for humans to read and debug (XML) and
compact, fast to parse, etc. (ASN.1 defined encodings) without loss of
Let Microsoft rely only on textual-encodings. They will get
the benefits of XML and XML-like syntaxes (ease of use) but will also
pay the price (bulk). Let the rest of us build a more flexible and
adaptive architecture that frees us from dependence on on-the-wire
encoding formats while offering the optimal mix of ease-of-use and
interoperabilty without compromising on compactness and speed of
ASN.1 + XML offers the best of both worlds. Microsoft only
offers one world -- their world...