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   Hostility to "binary XML" (was Re: [xml-dev] XML 2004 weblog items?)

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Michael Champion wrote:
> The 'binary XML' stuff got a lot less hostile reception than I
> expected.  Is the world ready to hear that XML 1.x text serialization
> is not suitable for wireless applications, is this old news, or what?

It's certainly too early to tell but the annoucement of XBC's draft 
documents on this very list, known as it is for its prompt love of 
permathreads and opinionated discussion of this very topic, only 
elicited some constructive comments to the public comments list. That 
left a few of us on the WG scratching our heads :)

Likewise, during a recent presentation I tried to outrage the audience 
with some over-the-top pro-binary XML positions (expecting to use the 
push-back to moderate them) but all I got was a dozen heads nodding and 
not a single shocked face. Worse, when I subsequently tried to moderate 
my own discourse part of the audience disagreed. Granted the audience 
was vastly mobile-oriented and more likely to be favourable but based on 
previous experiences even with a mobile crowd, that left me quite baffled.

To be honest the XBC WG has been waiting for some community push-back 
and input on both the negatives and positives of binary XML -- 
especially as one big concern was that the WG would be composed solely 
of "pros", which thankfully isn't the case -- but so far the negatives 
haven't been coming and that worries me a bit. Is everyone perfectly 
happy and comfy with the notion of a W3C-approved binary XML format (I 
doubt it)? Have people given up (on the Life, the Universe, the W3C)? 
Does this community trust the XBC WG in its eternal (*cough*) wisdom to 
reach the right conclusions? Is everyone carefully noting down 
objections and planning to pull them all out at the last minute?

Robin Berjon


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