RFC: Attributes and XML-RPC

Mark Nutter mnutter at fore.com
Wed Sep 22 15:19:46 BST 1999

At 11:43 PM 09/21/99 +0100, Steven Livingstone wrote:
> > and an equivalent with attributes
> > <person name="Steven" age="24" height="1.87" iq="7">
> >
> >
> > The first has 79 characters and the second has 52. If we transferred 10
> > peoples information accross the wires, we would need 270 "redundant"
> > characters (2700 with 100 persons) !! 10 persons *is not* a lot of data
> > for the applications I often write.

On the other hand, that redundant data ought to compress quite well using 
currently available technology.  Wouldn't that tend to mitigate the 
disadvantage?  Suppose, too, that in some hypothetical successor to XML, 
the closing tag could be abbreviated to just </>, saving 15 characters per 
record.  Now we're down to only 12 extra characters per record.  (Ok, 
that's pretty much moot, but then again so is attribute-less XML.  Just 
wagging a flag out there -- this topic is fairly interesting, at least to 


Mark Nutter, <mnutter at fore.com>
Internet Applications Developer
FORE Systems
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