Bundling binary files and XML documents

Mike Lepley mlepley at worldnet.att.net
Tue Aug 24 21:11:47 BST 1999


I also found another interesting solution, which doesn't use an ENTITY.  You
could add an encoded binary file in the XML document, like so:

   <BINARY Type="64">l;jqwuALQLWEKufdlk1sadfjl1JF</BINARY>

and decode the binary when the XML document is received.

What do you think?

> 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

> Mike Lepley wrote:
> >
> > I was wondering what others have been doing when a machine needs to send
> > 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
> > together?
> > Or does one have to parse the XML and then request the binary
> > file?  Or other?

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