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Re: Opaque data, XML, and SOAP

From: Marc Hadley <Marc.Hadley@Sun.COM>
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2003 14:55:19 -0500
To: Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>
Cc: xml-dist-app@w3.org
Message-id: <62E8070D-53FB-11D7-8ACD-0003937568DC@sun.com>

On Tuesday, Mar 11, 2003, at 13:08 US/Eastern, Elliotte Rusty Harold 
wrote:
>
> At 12:13 PM -0500 3/11/03, Marc Hadley wrote:
>> +1. IMO we need a standard mechanism for 'abstractly including' 
>> binary data in an infoset. By 'abstractly including' I mean that the 
>> data is included in an abstract sense rather than included literally 
>> as CIIs. 'Binary smart' processing can take account of the abstract 
>> inclusion, existing processing can ignore it.
>
>
> I don't think we need that. In fact, I think we don't need any way to 
> include information in the Infoset that cannot actually be part of a 
> genuine XML document, and I find such attempts damaging and hostile to 
> XML.
>
> SOAP may have a need to include binary data in its processing. If so, 
> then it needs to build on top of something other than XML and the XML 
> Infoset. XML is not appropriate for all uses.

Yes, I thought that's what I said. You don't include binary data 
directly in the XML infoset, but instead provide refs in the XML that 
higher level processing can use.

Marc.

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Marc Hadley <marc.hadley@sun.com>
Web Technologies and Standards, Sun Microsystems.
Received on Tuesday, 11 March 2003 14:57:40 GMT

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