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Subject: RE: Compression (was RE: COMPLEXITY BIG ISSUE)

David Burdett Wrote:

> I agree that compression is important. But before we go down 
> this route can someone tell me if the communication transport
> providers compress data that is sent over the wire (literally).
> I know that the ordinary modems used in PCs do.

A great many communication transport providers do NOT provide compression.
Even if they did it would not matter because:

1. If we encrypt our communications, the transport provider will not be able
to provide any compression.

2. We have access to the schemas used for XML communication. This knowledge
may permit significantly higher compression ratios than would otherwise be


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