Is there anyone working on a binary version of XML?

Anders W. Tell anderst at
Sat Mar 27 12:28:07 GMT 1999

Jonathan Borden wrote:

> 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.

I would like to add one more issue which is 3) Complexity.

Writing effecient and compact parsers is considerable simpler for binary ML,
The primary reason for this is that the parser does not have to "look" for and
interpret tokens in a stream. All tokens/parts in a Binary ML are well known and
their sizes are easily derived from the stream.

A "normally" trained and educated programmer can easily write a" fairly complete"
parser in less than a week. I have'nt written an XML text parser myself yet but
it seems that its not a task form the faint hearted.

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