Binary Data in XML : Turning back the clock

david at david at
Wed Sep 30 19:08:50 BST 1998

Tim Bray writes:

 > At 12:34 PM 9/30/98 -0400, david at wrote:

 > >Quite right.  Right now, XML 1.0 has notations for this purpose, as
 > >Eliot keeps reminding us; it would also be possible to invent a
 > >standard attribute like 'xml:content', for use whether or not an
 > >element's content was Base64-encoded:
 > Yeah, but NOTATIONs require the use of a validating processor, and
 > lots of non-validating apps would like to use base64.  Having said
 > that, I think that your proposed xml:content is more or less exactly
 > what NOTATION is for? -Tim

Yes, it was intended as a lighter-weight alternative to the use of
NOTATION attributes.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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