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Re: [xml-dev] [OT] Re: [xml-dev] Lessons learned from the XML experiment

On Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 9:16 AM, Tony Graham <tgraham@mentea.net> wrote:
On Fri, November 15, 2013 3:57 pm, Uche Ogbuji wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 8:46 AM, David Sheets <kosmo.zb@gmail.com> wrote:
> And no, I do not believe that text technologies are right for transmitting
> either null-terminated strings or BLOBs. Why not? Because they're not

Yet you'd have no trouble attaching either a graphic or a Zip file to an
email message.

I certainly do not believe that RFC 1521 is the right solution to the limitations of RFC 822. I don't think I ever said that in every computer technology *I* employ as a user, the right architectures are used throughout.

> designed for it. You can start learning how so by trying to put a
> null-terminated string into XML.
>> If I decided to use null-terminated strings to transmit a binary blob,
>> would it be a "C WTF"?
> Of course not, because C is designed for that.

Terrible things would happen with the C if there was a null character in
the binary blob.

I see, I did gloss over that. I should have known the original question was useless. C stdlib also provides the strn* functions and the mem* so in no case is it a C WTF. C is indeed designed to transmit binary blobs.

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