Re: SAX for Binary Encodings (SAD-SAX)
How is writing a SAX interface to ASN.1 defined binary encodings any different from writing a SAX interface to CSV files? Or, to GEDCOM (the genealogy data format)? I've seen both of these as examples in books written by respected XML authorities. Neither of these formats is "XML", yet, those authors are not condemned for showing or teaching people how to use SAX on non-XML data... The ability to strap non-XML data into SAX is, in books that teach people how to use SAX, often presented as a great *strength* of the interface. As others have pointed out. SAX2, as it stands today, is a perfectly good interface for working with ASN.1 defined encodings. It *needs* no changes. This isn't just my personal opinion, it is backed up by statements in this list from someone working for a vendor that is building a SAX2 interface for ASN.1 defined encodings. My proposal only suggested an optional *extension* to SAX (using the normal SAX extension mechanisms) that would make working with SAX just a little more comfortable for someone who is used to working with typed data. I fail to see the harm in that. On "binary XML". If you read my earlier postings in the list, you will see that I have consistently argued that there should be NO "binary XML." We already have widely used and effective binary encoding standards that are used to enable everything from the cell phone system to our network management services (SNMP) to our directory services (LDAP), etc. We don't need a "new" binary encoding standard even though there are a number of folk in the XML community who seem to want to create one. Leave XML to textual-encodings. ASN.1 has already dealt with the binary problem. Our focus should be on working together, not on recreating each other's work. bob wyman
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