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   Re: [xml-dev] Is there a use for standardized binary XML (was RE: Micros

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On Nov 25, 2003, at 5:51 PM, Alaric B Snell wrote:

> 2) Write an XML DTD and use an off the shelf toolkit
> ...while apparently not realising that there are toolkits like ONC XDR 
> that are probably still more widely available than XML parsers, and 
> things like IFF and ASN.1.

... with the most significant difference between XML and the other 
options being the copious availability of good free software for many 
language/platform combinations XML.  As long as this difference 
obtains, these endless discussions of the relative benefits of XML and 
ASN.1, or the utility of ASN.1 as a transfer format, will remain 
profoundly uninteresting.

I'm serious: ASN.1 is of no interest whatsoever to the broader 
community for any purpose whatsoever until there's some software.  The 
contrapositive may not be true, i.e. even given software, there may be 
some as-yet-unforeseen problem that keeps ASN.1 from becoming 
ubiquitous.  But until there's some software it's all just empty 

Cheers, Tim Bray  http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/


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