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RE: [DR040] - Binary data

From: David E. Cleary <davec@progress.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2000 10:14:46 -0500
To: <xml-dist-app@w3.org>
> Given that binary data support is out of scope, but there is room to
> examine such issues if there is interest and time, I propose that DR040
> be reworded as a WG statement, and not as an explicit requirement.

"Direct" handling of binary data is out of scope, which I construe to mean
having binary data withing an XML document in an unencoded form. Indirect
handling of binary data through URI Reference is within scope and should be
supported. It is a requirement of XForms to be able to submit data that
includes binary data, and the XForms WG would prefer to have XP specify it
in a normative form. Also, there is plenty of prior work on this front from
SOAP, ebXML, and other standards. I strongly believe indirect handling of
binary data is a requirement of XP. We know most are going to require some
form of this, and not specifying it in a normative fashion will just kill

David Cleary
Progress Software
Received on Tuesday, 5 December 2000 10:14:40 UTC

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