Xqueeze: Compact XML Alternative


About Xqueeze

The Concept

Feature Details




Xqueeze Project Summary

Motive - The whys behind Xqueeze

The Problem: XML has grown wildly in its popularity as a medium for exchange of structured data and is now increasingly being used in large scale distributed applications and dedicated messaging protocols. However, XML is quite verbose and sub-optimal for such applications, mostly for the sake of human readability.

Compression? Compression of XML documents is widely used to lower bandwidth usage and storage capacity for large documents. This is fine as long as you don't have to deal with XML streams and you don't use it for devices with low computation power. Then again, you might be paying for something you don't need (readability).

Binarization? There is no dearth of proposals for binary representation of XML. Where these fail is in offering the flexibility afforded by XML. How much of a difference would adoption of binary formats make to the style of application development and middleware usage? Can the chosen encoding fit into your scheme of document generation?

Solution - the whats and hows


  • Minimization of space consumed by markup
  • Compatibility with XML based design, development and deployment
  • Fast Parsing
  • Minimum or no loss of generality afforded by XML

What Xqueeze is not

  • Xqueeze is not a compression mechanism
  • Xqueeze does not offer another way to structure data
  • Xqueeze is not meant for a few particular XML document types
  • Xqueeze is not inflexible

What Xqueeze is

  • Xqueeze has an alternate representation of XML -- Xqueeze Markup Language (xqML)
  • Xqueeze can provide the same DOM/SAX interfaces as XML
  • Xqueeze can work with any XML specification
  • xqML is a compact binary representation of XML that need not be re-defined for any document type, yet can be specific for each
  • xqML is (expectedly; no test data available) faster to parse and generate than XML


You may now like to briefly read about how Xqueeze is different and how it works in principle. Please refer to the Concept page for this. Feature Details page elaborates on the entire project. Technical Specifications and other documentation can be found on the Documentation page.


Nitesh Ambastha, Tahir Hashmi

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