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Friday, March 25, 2005

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I had skepticism about the idea of Binary XML when I first heard about it. I decided to take the official position that I think it could be an advantageous standard, and that I'd be open to using it if and when it makes sense to do so, but that I would only do so if other methods were not applicable.

besides looking like poster-children for some kind of Geeks Anonymous Club, these guys (or at least Joe) think that Binary XML is not only unnecessary, but that it causes problems. the same old cookie-cutter arguments against Binary come up - human readability is better, hardware will get faster, system-wide changes in how XML is handled. not only that, but these arguments and the entire article are so simplified, it seems obvious that someone was just missing a deadline?

so, if you want some good reporting on the Binary XML argument, look to other sources. I'm not saying that I could do much better, but at least I know if I can't, I can always link to someone who can.

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