Binary data (branch from future of VOTable)
aa at astro.ex.ac.uk
Wed Apr 14 07:33:08 PDT 2004
> Just a minor update: BinX isn't so much a format as a library which allows
> arbitrary binary data to be described in standard XML. BinX can be used
> to describe a FITS file, for example (one of its design goals) and thereby
> transform it to some other format using XSL. More on it at
> DFDL stands for Data Format Description Language and is a GGF working
> group. More at http://forge.gridforum.org/projects/dfdl-wg/
> One idea is that, eventually, it may be possible to search binary data
> using something like Xpath.
Surely if you can describe a binary file using BinX, you can then use some
sort of Xpath layer to search it. Doesn't this mean DFDL isn't needed?
Dr. A. Allan, School of Physics, University of Exeter
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