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W3C Announces Workshop on Binary Interchange of XML Information Item Sets

Posted by mhadley on July 21, 2003 at 11:21 AM PDT

Use of XML as a format for exchange of information has its plusses and minuses. XML is self describing and lends itself to more loosely coupled information exchange but it is quite verbose and processing it can be resource intensive. As a result, the subject of a more compact/performant binary representation of XML has become a perma-thread in discussion fora such as xml_dev. In response to this interest, the W3C has announced a Workshop on Binary Interchange of XML Information Item Sets.

My interest in this area is primarily its application to improving the performance of web services. Sun presented a technical session and BOF at the recent JavaONE conference describing the results of our investigations in this area as part of an internal project called 'Fast Web Services'. Fast web services uses ASN.1 to encode SOAP messages and other data described in XML Schema or WSDL in a very compact form and this work will form the basis of our position paper for the workshop.

Hope to see you there !

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