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   Re: [xml-dev] Fast text output from SAX?

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At 9:13 AM -0400 4/15/04, Thomas B. Passin wrote:

>But if the xml "alternative" is not a text format, well-formedness 
>may not have an equivalent.

I tend to doubt that. For instance, the format must not allow element 
names that contain illegal characters. It's not uncommon for binary 
parsers to neglect this test. Then they claim their format is faster 
to parse when their speed gain comes little if any from the binary 
nature of the data, but mostly from skipping this and other 
well-formedness checks.

   Elliotte Rusty Harold
   Effective XML (Addison-Wesley, 2003)


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