How to use binary data with XML?

xml xml at
Wed Apr 21 02:54:48 BST 1999

Hmm... so when Sun talks about serializing objects in XML           
(such as in, they must be  
talking about storing binary data as well.

Using mime attachments and such is so inefficient... would they really
opt for storing binary object attributes using text-encoding approaches?

Given a decent editor, such as the ones in NeXTStep/Mac OS X Server,
you can copy/paste binary data from XML files trivially, while in
Windows and standard Unix you're pretty much stuck with editing in
either text or binary modes.

Since I use the former, I'm used to seeing binary and text mix and
if the binary was inside of a (predictable) XML tag that would be
just dandy!

Granted on other platforms it would be a problem to edit such files,
but should file editing concerns dictate how efficiently data is 


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