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On Jul 27, 2004, at 6:14 AM, Jonathan Robie wrote:
> According to the description of VTD given at that URI, "It is a binary
> format specification, not an API specification.
> Did I get that wrong?
As I understand it, the Virtual Token Descriptor itself is a binary
format that describes the structure of a textual XML document. The VTD
project has an API that supports incremental update to the binary
format to point the updated element to a new block of text. I guess
that means that the updated text itself would have to be re-serialized
via the API to make it well-formed XML again, right Jimmy?
I find the VDT stuff an interesting combination of binary and textual
"XML" (broadly defined, let's not get into that permathread right now)
tools that may hit a sweet spot between performance and conformance,
for those who can live with a subset of XML that (at least currently)
doesn't include entities other than the built-in ones.