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Robin Berjon wrote:

> Well no one's calling binary XML, XML. People are putting the "XML" in 
> there to indicate it has a very strong relationship to the sort of stuff 
> that one finds in XML. It's semantic, not branding, not adoption. In 
> fact, a careful analysis of what people want in a more efficient binary 
> format yields a list that pretty much well defines XML itself, with 
> compactness and speed being the two additions.

It is branding. Binary formats are not XML and they're not going to be, 
unless the W3C either gets bullied into redefining "XML' or stupidly 
decides to go along with the cooption.

This is like calling a Patagonian tooth fish a Chilean sea bass to fool 
people into eating it, even though everyone who knows anything about the 
fish knows it's not a sea bass. The result, in this case, is the 
extinction of the species. I just hope "binary XML" doesn't cause the 
extinction of real XML.

Elliotte Rusty Harold  elharo@metalab.unc.edu
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