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RE: XML Binary and Compression

xml binary files
>Do you regard office file formats as binary? To me they are application
>specific file formats.

Absolutely. They are not text files. If it ain't text its binary. 
Perhaps you are using a more restrictive definition of binary files, 
in which case it would be helpful if you elaborated what you mean so 
we can be sure we're talking about the same things.

>Even so, is your comparison of these file formats
>with XML a lossy comparison? That is does the XML version include all the
>application specific information needed to recreate the application file or
>is it limited strictly to the data content?

It includes all the information, no loss, for those cases where I'm 
using the application itself to save XML. In comparing OpenOffice XML 
formats to Microsoft Office binary formats, there may be some loss 
related to moving between the different applications, but that's 
essentially a bug in the OpenOffice Word converter, not a problem 
with converting binary to XML.

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