Lightweight XML

Philip Nye philipnye at
Thu Nov 11 16:01:31 GMT 1999

Jay Chalfant wrote:
> In working on thin clients over thin pipes, I've had two notions regarding
> XML:
> 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"
> parser?
> All comments welcome. Thanks.

I think the lightweight parser is an excellent idea - let me know when
you have done it! It would be very welcome in a project I am developing
where code size is potentially very important.


Philip Nye
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