Bundling binary files and XML documents

David Brownell david-b at pacbell.net
Tue Aug 24 21:01:35 BST 1999

Mike Lepley wrote:
> I was wondering what others have been doing when a machine needs to send a
> binary file (such as a picture) AND an XML document which references the
> binary file as an ENTITY.
> Is there a way to bundle the binary file and the XML document and send it
> together?
> Or does one have to parse the XML and then request the binary
> file?  Or other?

You could use a MIME "multipart/related" document (see www.ietf.org,
there's an RFC).  The unparsed entity declaration for the binary file
would use a URI referring to the related binary file.

- Dave

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