1 Introduction

This specification defines the .NET Binary Format: XML Data Structure, which is a binary format that can represent many XML documents, as specified in [XML1.0].

This purpose of the format is to reduce the processing costs associated with XML documents by encoding an XML document in fewer bytes than the same document encoded in UTF-8, as specified in [RFC2279].

Sections 1.7 and 2 of this specification are normative. All other sections and examples in this specification are informative.