Re: Naive question about binary encodings
"Linda Grimaldi" <grimlinda@e...> writes: > 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. You can get close to that already, provided you are prepared to hex- or base64-encode your binary data, which is necessary to guarantee character decoding safety and XML well-formedness: <foo xsi:type="xs:base64Binary> sdcfo2JTiXE= </foo> with the appropriate namespace declarations. ht -- Henry S. Thompson, HCRC Language Technology Group, University of Edinburgh Half-time member of W3C Team 2 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh EH8 9LW, SCOTLAND -- (44) 131 650-4440 Fax: (44) 131 650-4587, e-mail: ht@c... URL: http://www.ltg.ed.ac.uk/~ht/ [mail really from me _always_ has this .sig -- mail without it is forged spam]
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