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ASN.1 is totally unsuitable for most tasks.  It is a 'one size fits a 
few' solution.


Dennis Sosnoski wrote:

> 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

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