Re: Microsoft FUD on binary XML...
At 3:01 PM -0800 11/20/03, Dennis Sosnoski wrote: >I think these are all important concerns. I do find it a little >baffling that so many people recognize (1) as a valid concern and >willing endorse using gzip transformations of XML documents to >address it, while refusing to recognize (2) and (3) as valid >concerns or accept other types of transformations of XML documents. > I think it comes down to a layering issue. gzip can be applied to the binary stream. To a large extent, this does not affect or change the XML format at all. It's simply a different binary encoding of text data, and the text data is what is real. gzip knows nothing about XML and doesn't need to. 2 and 3 have to understand the XML document as an XML document to operate. That's a horse of a very different color. Consider what happens when parsing: if I have a gzipped document I first decode it into genuine XML and pass that into an XML parser. If I have an ASN.1 or Sosnoski format document, I use a different parser to decode the data directly into different objects. I neither create XML nor use an XML parser. -- Elliotte Rusty Harold elharo@m... Effective XML (Addison-Wesley, 2003) http://www.cafeconleche.org/books/effectivexml http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN%3D0321150406/ref%3Dnosim/cafeaulaitA
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