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Re: Non-XML binary formats.

From: Stephen D. Williams <sdw@lig.net>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2004 15:47:16 -0500
Message-ID: <41AB8AD4.9060207@lig.net>
To: bob@wyman.us
Cc: 'David Ryan' <david@einet.com.au>, public-xml-binary@w3.org

After 20+ years, ASN.1 related software and standards haven't evolved 
and become available in ways that satisfy many current requirements or 
developers.  There are many reasons for this.

Could you point me to free, public specifications of those encoding 
format details and the ASN.1 schema definition semantics?


Bob Wyman wrote:

>David Ryan wrote:
>>I'd be interested if anyone is working on, or knows of 
>>binary formats with similar characteristics of binary XML
>>but is not based on XML?
>	The encoding formats that have been defined for ASN.1 are the
>"classic" binary formats that you would want to study. ASN.1, the "abstract
>syntax notation 1", has been around for something like 20 years now and can
>be used to define a wide variety of formats including text based formats
>like XML as well as the binary formats BER, PER, DER, etc. ASN.1 is most
>commonly known as the schema language for SNMP, X.500 Security Certificates,
>etc. Also, ASN.1 is relied on heavily by the telecommunications industry. 
>	In my opinion, the most logical thing for the W3C to do is accept
>ASN.1 as an XML Schema language (it's use as one is defined by international
>ISO standards) and to rely on the 20 years of development by the ASN.1
>community in developing and supporting binary formats. We don't need
>yet-another-standard format and it is unlikely that any new effort is going
>to be able to satisfy any larger community then the ASN.1 effort has been
>able to address in 20 years of listening to and responding to requirements.
>		bob wyman

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