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Re: "Z39.50 Server List" DTD

From: Robert Waldstein <wald@library.ho.lucent.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2000 15:28:24 -0400
To: www-zig@w3.org
Message-ID: <20000621152824.S11499@ln.ho.lucent.com>

> Rob Bull wrote:
> > Now, in the follow up ONE-2 project, we have re-visited explain again, and
> > (I guess to your dissapointment) invented "another work round" we call
> > explain-lite - its a piece of XML passed on Init.
> > 
> > However, this has been created for real reasons -
> > - it is considered that creating an XML approach is far more in line with
> > 21st century technology, rather than the overhead of the explain PDUs,
> > - it covers the _real_ things people want to know about a server, and not
> > the additional baggage that you can get with explain;
> > ...
> Kevin wrote:
> I agree with every point.  

Just to weigh in (gee, thought I had switched to being a lurker) I strongly
disagree with the 2 points above (agreed with the rest).
   explain PDUs (actually PDUs/BER in general) have very little overhead.
I have always found that impressive.
   everything in explain were real things that someone argued for needing 
for their implementation.  The things you aren't interested in you don't send
and - in theory - your server then won't support those clients or functions.

  I actually would be curious what was considered "additional baggage"; don't
even think there was much OSI support that I recall.
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