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Elliotte Harold wrote:
> 1. Patents are beginning to invade this space, closing off 
> interoperability and open software.

That would seem to point to a RF standards consortium.

> 2. The data that's transmitted in this binary format is less inspectable 
> than data in the regular XML format.

Yes, but that's the sort of trade-off one has to make in some cases.

> 3. Software vendors will publish tools that only consume the binary 
> data; and therefore systems will refuse to accept the textual data.

I strongly doubt that, except at the edge where consuming textual data 
isn't an option. It's not the experience I've had so far (others may 
have different experiences).

> 4. Binary parsers often forgo well-formedness checks such as name 
> characters that textual parsers make. They incorrectly assume that 
> nobody can or will inject broken data into the system.

That, again, depends on the format.

> These problems are not insurmountable, but once you surmount them you're 
> very close to reinventing real XML, and being about as fast and maybe 
> marginally slower.

Yes, you're very close to reinventing XML, but faster and smaller :)

Robin Berjon
   Research Scientist
   Expway, http://expway.com/


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