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RE: Binary attachments to XP

From: Larry Masinter <LMM@acm.org>
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 01:46:25 -0500 (EST)
To: "Frank DeRose" <frankd@tibco.com>, "Mark A. Jones" <jones@research.att.com>
Cc: <xml-dist-app@w3.org>
Message-ID: <NDBBKEBDLFENBJCGFOIJIENHEEAA.LMM@acm.org>
For some applications, MIME multipart is not adequate, because it makes
it necessary that both the sender and the receiver be able to buffer
arbitrary amounts of data.

There's a reason why web clients open multiple HTTP connections.
And while one can imagine GET transactions being multiplexed over
multiple connections, there's no way to use multiple connections
to POST multiple parts of the same request.

Either you need a bi-directional multiplexing protocol (e.g., BXXP),
or else some kind of packaging that allows interleaving of chunks of
parts (e.g., that would allow you to send the embedded image data in
chunks in between two chunks of XML data.
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