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Re: Draft of Binary module

From: Jirka Kosek <jirka@kosek.cz>
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:08:53 +0100
Message-ID: <5141D9F5.8080600@kosek.cz>
To: Adam Retter <adam@exist-db.org>
CC: Florent Georges <fgeorges@fgeorges.org>, Michael Kay <mike@saxonica.com>, EXPath <public-expath@w3.org>
On 14.3.2013 14:48, Adam Retter wrote:

> Are you saying that octet does not mean octal number? If so, what does
> octet mean? does it in fact mean byte? if so can we just call it a
> byte please.

Octet is information unit which has 8 bits, for byte it was not always
the case, see:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octet_(computing)

To me octet is quite natural term it's used in definition of almost all
internet protocols. I think that using byte would be confusing in the
context of XML stack as corresponding XML Schema data type is signed
which is not relevant for raw binary data.

				Jirka

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