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Re: Two new drafts: Multipart/Interleaved and Application /BatchBeep

From: Keith Moore <moore@cs.utk.edu>
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 15:40:29 -0400
Message-Id: <200104171940.PAA20432@astro.cs.utk.edu>
To: don@lexmark.com
cc: Keith Moore <moore@cs.utk.edu>, discuss@apps.ietf.org
> "An environment that is so
> bandwidth constrained that base64 is an onerous amount of overhead
> probably shouldn't be using either MIME or XML framing either - it should
> probably be using some binary protocol that does framing, multiplexing,
> and lossless data compression all at the same time (since they interact
> with one another)."
> Tell me about it!!!!!  But if it doesn't use XML it isn't kewl and therefore
> is unacceptable!  I proposed binary and was shot down immediately by the
> "politically correct" XML!

the folks who blindly recommend XML for everything are the ones who should
be lined up and shot - perhaps not with lethal weapons (though it is
tempting) but maybe with big darts that have "stupid" flags attached.
(to warn everyone else of their presence)

> "(however I'll confess I'm intrigued - under what conditions does a cell
> phone need to send a complex document to a printer?"
> Imagine an address book with icons and background images within each 
> cell of an XHTML table.

a cell phone that can maintain separate icons and background images for
each element of an address book is sophisticated enough to multiplex
traffic over a data stream.

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