Encoded XML Content -- was Re: Open Trading Protocol (CDATA, etc)(was BASE64 section support)

Gavin McKenzie gmckenzi at JetForm.com
Mon Feb 9 14:18:56 GMT 1998


Here's my suggestions...

Methinks xml:encoding is too close to the XML PI encoding for character
set encodings. I wish that the XML PI encoding had been called
text-encoding or char-encoding -- this would have made it easier to come
up with other 'encoding' attributes without ambiguity. *sigh*

How about:

1. xml:transfer-encoding
2. xml:content-encoding

Suggestion #1 is a little ugly because it has the word 'transfer', but
this is closer to the MIME heritage where base64 is primarily used for
packaging style encoding, as opposed to locale char-set encoding. 

Suggestion #2 may seem redundant but at least doesn't conflict directly
with 'encoding' in the context of locale char-set encoding.  

As for the mimetype attribute...I'd vote for something closer to IOTP,
such as:


where content-format can be one of: 
- a mimetype that indentifies the content format, e.g. "image/jpeg"
- a user-defined code of the form "x-ddd:nnn", where ddd is a domain and
nnn is an arbitrary name for the format e.g. "x-jetform:mdf"  

However, IOTP includes other acceptable values for content-format such
as 'PCDATA' and 'XML'.  I view this as duplication and believe that only
the two options above are necessary; i.e. XML content should be able to
be expressed as 'text/xml', ignoring the fact that this isn't a *real*

And I assume that the implication in all of this that somebody could
include content that contains well-formed and valid xml that happens to
be base64'd?  Hence it is neccessary for the parser to unwrap such
sections, right?



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