Let's develop an open-source media archive standard

From: Vintage Computer Festival <vcf_at_siconic.com>
Date: Wed Aug 11 19:41:32 2004

On Wed, 11 Aug 2004, Sean 'Captain Napalm' Conner wrote:

> It was thus said that the Great Vintage Computer Festival once stated:
> >
> > > XML is more a more "current" technology but I was trying to keep with the
> > > platform neutrality by sticking to text-only and not assuming the use of any
> > > other technology like XML.
> >
> > XML is platform neutral because it's basically ASCII, right?
> Nope. XML files can be represented in multiple character sets, possibly
> including (but certainly not limited to):
> Best decide this now.

Ok, I choose US-ASCII. This will be up for debate I'm sure, but surely
US-ASCII is the most widely deployed character set in the world currently?

> You might also want to investigate the work on Atom
> (a blogging archive/API format in XML) where they are having to deal with an
> explostion of character encoding schemes (for a sample of what they're
> doing, read http://intertwingly.net/stories/2004/04/14/i18n.html).

You might be missing the point of what we're doing here. We're not
encapsulating textfiles. We're encapsulating binary data inside

> My recomendation if you use XML? Mandate the following:
> <?xml version="1.0" encoding="US-ASCII"?>
> and be done with the mess that is character encoding.

I never considered anything else, really.

> Also, the more
> explicit you are in labling the data, the better. So, for instance:
> <sector bit-encoding="mfm" encoding="text/base64"> ... </sector>
> where "bit-encoding" is the format used to encode the data on the physical
> disk, and "encoding" is the format used *in the archive* of the data. Just
> an example, but the more metadata you include, the better.

Well, those are confusing tags. Which is used for the disk encoding and
which is used for the imagefile encoding? Sure, if you have the spec you
can refresh yourself if you forget, but it's not absolutely obvious to
someone who doesn't have the spec.

Anyway, point taken.

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