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Q5214 Will it be necessary to compress XML for transmission over the Web?

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In general, the need to compress XML data will be application-dependent and largely a function of the amount of data being moved between the server and the client. XML compresses extremely well due to the repeated nature of the tags used to describe the structure of the data. Benchmarks will be provided in the future to assist with determining whether compression is necessary. It is worth noting that compression is standard to HTTP 1.1 servers and clients, and XML will automatically benefit from this.

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