Is there anyone working on a binary version of XML?

Jonathan Borden jborden at
Thu Mar 25 22:30:56 GMT 1999

>Let me clarify.  I want to create a new standard, very closely related to
XML and tracking and
>dependant on it, but using "binary" data structures.

    Do you mean like MIME? MIME itself isn't related to XML but does deal
with binary data in a standard fashion, and has the advantage of very
widespread implementation. It is possible to make MIME work nicely with XML
e.g. XMTP (see )

What I really mean by "binary" is that
>instead of a stream of characters that have structured meaning after
parsing and
>transformation to an internal datastructure, I want a data format that
encodes an equivalent
>data structure directly.  I have designed something that is directly usable
in memory, as
>loaded, with a DOM interface, or SAX, etc., only much more efficiently than
starting from
>XML.  The design I have in mind was controlled by an optimization process
with constraints of
>standard Java capabilities.

    One option would be to define standard interfaces for MIME data. Using
property sets and groves it might be possible to define a generic DOM for
MIME. Specific property sets can be developed for arbitrary binary notation
types and such groves would be accessable via interfaces ala the DOM.

Jonathan Borden

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