RE: Binary XML == "spawn of the devil" ?
You need to chat with Don Brutzman who heads up the XMSF and X3D efforts. It can be the case that there are applications for which a binary is useful. Graphics people I talk to consider it a trivial task but there are issues of geometric compression that require one to pick an algorithm which can or might not be proprietary, so it is considered a good thing to bolt those in so everyone can play. OTOOH, there is plenty of public domain stuff. IOW, not spawn of the devil, but without some care, one can trip on the sulphur. The big question, IMO, is whether or not a single binary spec does enough for any XML application to make it worth having. It could be the case that advantages accrue the more application-specific it is and that interoperability concerns are in the domains of specific application languages. I understand the concern that a binary is NOT XML, but lossless translatibility is often the best one gets. len From: Mike Champion [mailto:mc@x...] I'm asking for flames on Permathread 2, "Binary XML is evil / No, it's needed for industrial-strength XML". :-)
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