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Re: Possibility of an XML Document Type

From: <Noah_Mendelsohn@lotus.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 12:01:22 -0400
To: Rich Salz <rsalz@zolera.com>
Cc: "Corda, Ugo" <Ugo.Corda@usa.xerox.com>, xml-dist-app@w3.org
Message-ID: <OF29397232.22908137-ON85256ADC.0053AD3D@lotus.com>
Rich Salz writes:

>> In general, I prefer attachments because the parsing is more efficient

I'm afraid that, given the limitations of XML, we need both:  embedded in 
the envelope for the cases in which it's important to have the envelope 
self contained and processable as XML, as attachements for the cases where 
you want parsing speed and low encoding overhead.  I would love to find 
some way to unify these models to the point where applications that didn't 
care wouldn't be very dependent on the differences, but there would also 
be complexitities in trying to achieve such transparency.  In any case, I 
think we need to seriously consider supporting both conventions.

Noah Mendelsohn                                    Voice: 1-617-693-4036
Lotus Development Corp.                            Fax: 1-617-693-8676
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