Is there anyone working on a binary version of XML?

Jonathan Borden jborden at
Fri Mar 26 18:12:14 GMT 1999

Tim Bray wrote:
> At 08:54 PM 3/25/99 +0000, Dan Brickley wrote:
> >Quite so. But there are still initiatives such as
> >
> >
> >
> I read some of it, and if you buy the idea that a binary form of XML
> is useful, it seems quite sensible.  I'm agnostic; if they think they
> need it who are we to tell them they don't?  Obviously it has to
> round-trip with plain ole XML. -T.

	I think what this really is, when you strip out the concept of binary XML,
is a suggestion for a compression format tuned for markup streams.

	There are two distinct issues 1) efficiency of parsing  2) compactness. A
standard compression format for XML (ala zip,gzip etc) would be for
bandwidth limited applications.

Jonathan Borden

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