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"Re: "BX reference tool"

From: Paul Pierce <prp@teleport.com>
Date: 12 Sep 2006 20:24:23
To: "Robin Berjon" <robin.berjon@expway.fr>
Cc: "W3C EXI Public" <public-exi@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20060804T073439Z.37.prp@teleport.com>


Thanks for the info. I felt it was necessary to implement something to make sure my spec was realistic. Note that there were a lot of changes to the spec, and a new transformation that is intended to help with direct read and write. I was particularly pleased to be able to achieve thorough coverage of existing XML features.

I would encourage the team to take its time and not be too concerned with meeting the one-year timetable for a spec. There has been a need for binary XML for many years, but so far (as far as I can see) everyone who implemented anything took a narrow view, to solve their specific problems or because their understanding of XML was limited (as mine was until now, and still is in some ways.) I think that means you must step back and take a broad view of what XML can do, and what the binary form must support. So I would encourage you to take the time you need, and avoid becoming mired in details until you are pretty sure you have the overall direction right.

Is there anything the team would like help with? I would be happy to put in a little time here and there coding things for you if it would help.


> Hi Paul,
> On Jul 30, 2006, at 03:40, Paul Pierce wrote:
> > A proof-of-concept reference translator tool is now available at  
> > http://www.bx-lib.org, along with an update of the BX proposal that  
> > matches the implementation.
> This is good to know, and we'll definitely be looking at it more  
> closely. As we discussed previously, the date at which it became  
> available was unfortunately too late for it to be included into the  
> framework to be tested as a candidate for the baseline format, but  
> the group has found there to be interesting notions in your  
> specification, and we will certainly be looking at it while we  
> develop the format further.
> Thanks a lot,
> -- 
> Robin Berjon
>     Senior Research Scientist
>     Expway, http://expway.com/
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