RE: Naive question about binary encodings
> I'm sure this is really naïve of me, but I have to admit that > I don't understand why binary data cannot be sent within an > xml document by providing appropriately namespace-controlled > attributes that identify an element type as binary and > specify its length. For example: > > <foo xml:mytype="binary" xml:binarylength="1776"> > or some such thing, followed by 1776 octets of whatever one > likes. It's kind of like MIME in some respects- as long as > its type and length are identified, you can do whatever you > like with it. > > It's so obvious that I am sure it has been rejected already, > but, being a mere implementor, I don't quite understand why. This would mean that you can't transcode a document without parsing it. Michael Kay
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