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An awful lot of pundits seem to be lining up against an XML Binary.
In the other camp, one finds companies such as Sun and Expway as
well as standards keiretsu such as the W3DC. While XML-Dev readers
are playing with Pythonesque lampoons, Layman and Box publish
a lampoon designed to poke fun at those innovating on the idea
of a faster XML. Berners-Lee is suggesting that perhaps a
simpler XML is the answer. The TAG is demanding benchmarks and
test cases, something that hasn't been demanded of disruptive
technologies such as HTML, RSS, CSS, XML, or even SOAP for which
one could have demanded tests.
XML Binary is just an encoding, right? It is faster, right? It
can be a lossless encoding, right?
This issue seems to bring out real angst among the W3C, industry stalwarts
and some not insignificant players. Demands for technology by customers
are usually met with product. In this case, the product will be available
from Sun, Expway, etc., and for applications such as X3D, Sensor Nets,
I wonder: is the XML Binary a disruptive technology that will change
the current landscape of technology companies? Is this a case where
the current winners of the market play wait and see only to be late to
market with something important?
This is worth watching.