Subject: Re: Alternative *ML syntaxes
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 19 Nov 2002 21:39:22 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Marco Antoniotti
| Could you summarize what makes ASN.1 suitable for "flat file"
| representations?  (I.e. I'd like to know whether it makes sense to
| invest time into it).

  ASN.1 defines a typed and structured data language, which is then encoded
  using encoding rules.  Almost all encoding rules use type-length-data
  tuples, which means that you know exactly how many bytes to skip if you
  are not going to use a particular element of the data.

Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway

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