Binary Data in XML : Turning back the clock

Michael Kay M.H.Kay at
Wed Sep 30 17:49:07 BST 1998

>For the XML Framework that I hope to release in the next
week or so depending on
>how long it takes to finish up on the documentation, base64
is handled natively
>in both the parser and the formatter.

I agree with all the respondents who have said Base64 is the
best way to carry binary data; I also agree with the
original comment that it would be nice if XML had made
explicit provision for this rather than leaving it to the

> Someone please correct me if I am wrong, but I think this
is one service SAXON provides as well.
You are wrong. I'll think about it as a future facility!

Mike Kay

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