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Bob Wyman wrote:

>	Whether or not you think you need it, the reality is that you
>can't have it. There is no "one-size-fits-all" binary format. The best
>you can hope for is one-size-fits-most or
>one-size-fits-more-than-others... In any case, the key is to make sure
>that the final result is "one-size-fits-enough-to-be-worth-it."
>	My personal feeling is that ASN.1 is the best available
>solution to the "one-size-fits-most" case. ASN.1 has been an
>international standard for a very long time, has been used extensively
>and has defined mappings from XML Schema to ASN.1. Basically, all the
>hard work has been done here... The choice should be obvious...
I think that makes ASN.1 a reasonable "one-size-fits-schema" choice. A 
lot of the world is still not schema, though - and even for documents 
with schemas, would the ASN.1 approach handle arbitrary documents at 
runtime, or would it need to use pregenerated codecs?

  - Dennis

Dennis M. Sosnoski
Enterprise Java, XML, and Web Services
Training and Consulting
Redmond, WA  425.885.7197


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