Binary Data Resolved

Michael Emmel mike at
Mon Feb 23 17:22:33 GMT 1998

Don Park wrote:

> Michael,
> Check out the XML-Binary demo at
> Binary.xml file contains an element with embedded binary data.

 Another poster also suggestion that the packaging of various entities that
make up and XML documnet is outside of the XML spec.
I agree so I think I'll work on my idea of a jar like file with a XML header.
Very cool IMHO.
and save the Base64 encoding for special circumstances.
There does need to be a standard way to transmit all the  "static"
data that makes up a complete  xml document and other complex data soruces.

And thanks to all  who helped me resolve this it was very important to me.


mike at

Private post:

             Re: Binary Data
             Mon, 23 Feb 1998 12:04:04 -0500
             David Megginson <dmeggins at>
             mike at
             1 , 2 , 3 , 4

Michael Emmel writes:

 > Failing that your left with coming up with a standard way to
 > "package" all internal links.

I think that that is by far a better solution -- kludges (like
embedding all objects in a single XML file) are sometimes necessary to
get something working, but we don't want to codify them in a spec if
we can avoid doing so.  A good, general Internet packaging protocol
would solve many problems both inside and outside XML.

In the mean time, you can use base64 if you really need to.

All the best,

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