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RE: Opaque data, XML, and SOAP

From: Champion, Mike <Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 19:42:58 -0700
Message-ID: <9A4FC925410C024792B85198DF1E97E40530639A@usmsg03.sagus.com>
To: xml-dist-app@w3.org

> -----Original Message-----
> From: John J. Barton [mailto:John_Barton@hpl.hp.com]
> Sent: Monday, March 10, 2003 8:53 PM
> To: eugene@datapower.com; 'Anne Thomas Manes'; 'Don Box';
> xml-dist-app@w3.org
> Subject: RE: Opaque data, XML, and SOAP
> All we'd need is a "binary" rather than "base64binary" that did not
> apply base64 to the data.  The base64 bit is only useful for email.
> Back to reality however: any such change to XML seems unlikely.

For what it's worth, at the Tech Plenary last week there was a very explicit
call for people to tell the XML Core working group what their requirements
for a future version of XML might be.  The people involved are intelligent
and reasonable, and willing in principle to accomodate the needs of XML
users that weren't forseen the first time around.  The challenge will be to
make a compelling case that such features add enough benefit to outweigh the
interoperability / backwards incompatibility costs, preferably with
realistic use cases as actual performance/bandwidth data.  
Received on Monday, 10 March 2003 21:43:07 UTC

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