Is there anyone working on a binary version of XML?

Stephen D. Williams sdw at
Thu Mar 25 23:06:57 GMT 1999

No, not really a solution to the problem set I'm trying to solve.

Keep reading...

I'm not trying to create a new way to recognize XML, but a more efficient way to
do all kinds of computer processing and communication with it.  Innordinate
amounts of time, money, effort, CPU, and bandwidth are spent at the interfaces
between programs and other programs, databases, file systems, networks, servers,
etc.  XML is a good general solution, but some situations require optimization
which is what I'm working on.


Jonathan Borden wrote:

> >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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