Is there anyone working on a binary version of XML?

Paul Prescod paul at
Thu Mar 25 23:41:36 GMT 1999

"Stephen D. Williams" wrote:
> 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.

I can see many ways that a typical XML document could be optimized for
size if XML compatibility was not a concern. Call it "compressed ML." I am
not clear, however, why CompressedML would need to be binary. There are
many languages where working with binary data is more expensive than
working with text.

 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself

"Perpetually obsolescing and thus losing all data and programs every 10
years (the current pattern) is no way to run an information economy or
a civilization." - Stewart Brand, founder of the Whole Earth Catalog

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