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RE: Opaque data, XML, and SOAP

From: Don Box <dbox@microsoft.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2003 10:17:06 -0800
Message-ID: <57EF69AF56D92148984EDA317408294504536557@RED-MSG-10.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
To: "John J. Barton" <John_Barton@hpl.hp.com>, "Ray Whitmer" <rayw@netscape.com>
Cc: <xml-dist-app@w3.org>

> -----Original Message-----
> From: John J. Barton [mailto:John_Barton@hpl.hp.com]
> Sent: Friday, February 28, 2003 10:01 AM
> To: Ray Whitmer
> Cc: Don Box; xml-dist-app@w3.org
> 
> Ray,
> 
>     Sorry I wasn't clear.  I certainly don't believe that XML needs to
> do anything about a universal object model.  I was only agreeing with
> Box et al that mechanisms to work with a mixture of XML and binary
> are not limited to SOAP.

I couldn't agree more.

 
>    If I am an application writer and I am writing code to traverse
> through  the
> data structure returned  by parsing XML, then I will encounter some
> references to non-XML data.  Surely this must be true!  It happens for
> HTML all the time, with references to GIF and JPEG.  I don't know how
> XML's
> open nature could be violated by referencing non-XML data.  And if the
> tools
> cannot handle  references to binary then what are they good for?
> 
>    We should have a standard that allows a sender to combine XML with
some
> non-XML data in a way that a receiver can parse the XML and access the
> non-XML data.  It shouldn't matter if the XML is SOAP or not.

+1!

DB
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