RFC: Attributes and XML-RPC

David Megginson david at megginson.com
Wed Sep 22 19:36:50 BST 1999

Mark Nutter writes:

 > At 12:16 PM 09/22/99 -0400, Hunter, David wrote:
 > >So even if you
 > >compress the files, the attribute version will be able to compress to 50%
 > >smaller than the other file.  Again, 2KB isn't a lot, but if we're talking
 > >megabytes in size, 50% is a lot.
 > I wrote a quick perl script to take /usr/dict/words and turn it into an XML 
 > file, with some artificially generated "attributes".  In the resulting file 
 > named attrib.xml, each <word> tag contains the additional information as 
 > attributes.  I did the same thing to produce a file called child.xml, 
 > except that the additional information is presented as a child element 
 > instead of as an attribute.  Here are the results:

Those are more-or-less the results that I would expect -- XML tags
have good compression characteristics, since there are so many
longish repeated strings (though I am surprised that the attribute
version is so much larger).

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at megginson.com

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