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Re: [xml-dev] Binary versus Text

On 24 Nov 2013, at 15:39, Steve Newcomb <srn@coolheads.com> wrote:

> As a practical matter, is there *any* difference between text and binary
> data *other* than the necessity of worrying about record-end handling in
> the former, but not in the latter?

Reminds me of the problems we used to have in ICL because our mainframe binary files (in particular those used to hold object code) had significant record boundaries: they weren't just a sequence of bytes, but a sequence of records each holding a sequence of bytes. It became very difficult to transfer these to and from other (Unix and Windows based) systems that didn't recognise such a concept.

Michael Kay

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