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RE: Opaque data, XML, and SOAP

From: John J. Barton <John_Barton@hpl.hp.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 17:53:12 -0800
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To: <eugene@datapower.com>, "'Anne Thomas Manes'" <anne@manes.net>, "'Don Box'" <dbox@microsoft.com>, <xml-dist-app@w3.org>

At 04:50 PM 3/10/2003 -0500, Eugene Kuznetsov wrote:
>Here is another suggestion, one that is quite half-baked: in an ideal
>world, where we could add extensions to XML syntax itself or piggy-back
>on existing extensions (entities, PI's, CDATA, etc.), is there anything
>that would be better than base64 but still allow binary data to be

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.

John J. Barton          email:  John_Barton@hpl.hp.com
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