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Re: Binary data in text-based protocol formats

From: Jacob Palme <jpalme@dsv.su.se>
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 11:20:09 +0100
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To: discuss@apps.ietf.org
At 03.40 +0100 99-02-21, Martin J. Duerst wrote:
>
> XML is a text format. As such, it can be transcoded by mail gateways.
> If you label something as
>     Content-Type: text/xml; charset=us-ascii
> and it gets transcoded to EBCDIC, the binary data won't survive.
>
> The web can easily include binary data, it's done all the time
> with images, just use a link instead of putting things inline :-).

If by link you mean an URL, I can see problems with it. If you want
to send secret data, you may not wish part of the data to be available
through an URL - not even if that URL contains a password.
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Jacob Palme <jpalme@dsv.su.se> (Stockholm University and KTH)
for more info see URL: http://www.dsv.su.se/~jpalme
Received on Monday, 22 February 1999 05:25:37 UTC

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