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References to 'optimized XML' without a clear 
set of definitions for this.  The slippery slope 
is evident.  Again, this discussion will likely 
come up on the public binary list.

It's not just another tool.  It is another format  
or encoding.  Very big difference.


From: Robin Berjon [mailto:robin.berjon@expway.fr]

Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> This will open Pandora's Box.

What will?

> Some applications do need a binary, such as X3D, 
> and are moving smartly to design one.

And not surprisingly Web3D is part of the WG.

> Terms such as 'optimized XML' scare me.

Sometimes you need to reach into XML and use XPath. Sometimes you need 
to transform it and use XSLT. Or an API to it: DOM, SAX, etc. Sometimes 
you need validation: RelaxNG, XML Schema... Sometimes you need optimised 
interchange: you use an optimised format for XML, likely binary but not 

It's just another tool.


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