[BitTorrent] XML Torrents?

Konstantin 'Kosta' Welke kosta at fillibach.de
Thu Mar 10 17:46:47 EST 2005

On Thu, 10 Mar 2005 08:14:25 -0800, Kenneth Porter <shiva at sewingwitch.com> wrote:

> At the risk of getting stoned for heresy ;) I'm wondering why .torrent
> files aren't implemented in XML? The recent thread confusing the filename
> encoding scheme suggests that a human-readable, extensible,
> self-documenting format, one with many off-the-shelf tools available, would
> be better than a new binary format.
> What constraints make the binary format preferable?

XML is bloated. XML has lots of stuff we dont need, and it takes up
much much more space. bencoding is a nice, easily machine-readable,
compact format.

bottom line: There is no reason to switch to XML. And we wont escape
the different character encoding diffuculties by that.


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