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From Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen <>
Subject RE: Off-Topic: Is there any standard compressed ASCII format for valid XML documents?
Date Tue, 11 Jul 2000 09:53:46 GMT

> > Your solution means that it will not be valid XML anymore.
> > XML was deliberately designed to be verbose and readable instead of
> compact.
> It doesn't need to be valid XML, but it needs to be ASCII.


> > What is wrong with your own suggestion of using gzip or so?  
> I cannot produce (g)zipped data from the database

Probably not, but the question is why you are having a direct database connection across a
64k line.

> > 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
> transmitted.

Not if it is gzipped first.  Or bzip2'ed.

> > 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
> unmodified.
> This could possibly be an option for me.

The -C option to ssh uses the gzip algorithm to do the compression.  If this is available
to you, I think it should be the best of both worlds.

Otherwise you might consider setting up a local Cocoon on the database machine and do the
XSLT processing there.

  Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen   "...and...Tubular Bells!"

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