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From Henning von Bargen <>
Subject AW: Off-Topic: Is there any standard compressed ASCII format for valid XML documents?
Date Tue, 11 Jul 2000 08:55:28 GMT
> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von:	Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen []
> Gesendet am:	Dienstag, 11. Juli 2000 10:44
> An:	''
> Betreff:	RE: Off-Topic: Is there any standard compressed ASCII format
for  vali d XML documents?
> > Is there any "standard" format for compressing XML files?
> > I know that I could use GNU zip or so, but what I need is a simple (to
> > compress and to uncompress) compression that produces ASCII format.
> > If there is no standard, I'd propose a very simple solution.
> Your solution means that it will not be valid XML anymore.
> XML was deliberately designed to be verbose and readable instead of

It doesn't need to be valid XML, but it needs to be ASCII.

> > Background:
> > A web server and a RDBMS are communicating over a 64k link,
> > the link is shared with other application, so there is very 
> > low bandwidth.
> > The RDBMS produces data in XML, the web server (i.e. Cocoon) 
> > uses style
> > sheets
> > to pretty-format everything.
> > The RDBMS could produce data in ASCII-compressed XML in order 
> > to use less
> > bandwidth, a modified DOM or SAX parser that consumes 
> > compressed XML should
> > be easy to implement.
> What is wrong with your own suggestion of using gzip or so?  

I cannot produce (g)zipped data from the database

> If you need plain ascii then use the MIME::Base64 encoding to get it.

That makes no sense, because it would cause even more data to be

> I have large, highly redundant XML files. Gzip can compress to 1.5% of the
original size, and bzip2 can compress to 0.5% of the original size  (you
would probably get less).
> Another approach is building a virtual private network between the two
endpoints and enable compression in _that_.   That is easily done with ssh
between two Unix-machines, and allow you to keep your software base

This could possibly be an option for me.

Best regards,

> Best regards,
> -- 
>   Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen   "...and...Tubular Bells!"
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