Lightweight XML

Jay Chalfant jchalfan at
Mon Nov 8 19:06:22 GMT 1999

In working on thin clients over thin pipes, I've had two notions regarding

1) Compressed XML: Not generic text compression, but DTD-specific
compression. It seems that if I have a document that conforms to a given DTD
that I could apply a generic transform (input DTD and document) that would
produce a minimal representation of the document. Readers of the document
would need to know the DTD and the generic transform used. Anybody know of
such a transform or work in this area?

2) Lightweight parser: If I am building a system that uses a single DTD,
there should exist the potential to produce a parser that is much lighter
that a standard (non-validating) parser. Does anybody know of a tool that
would accept DTD as input and produce source code for the "single-DTD"

All comments welcome. Thanks.


Jay Chalfant
OutBack Resource Group, Inc.
jchalfan at
Voice: 805-542-8570 x15
Fax:   805-541-5467 

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