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Extensible Binary Meta Language

Document Type Replaced Internet-Draft (individual)
Expired & archived
Authors Steve Lhomme, Dave Rice
Last updated 2017-01-07 (Latest revision 2016-07-06)
Replaced by RFC 8794
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IESG IESG state Replaced by draft-ietf-cellar-ebml
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This document defines the Extensible Binary Meta Language (EBML) format as a genearlized file format for any type of data in a hierarchical form. EBML is designed as a binary equivalent to XML and utilizes a storage-efficient approach to building nested Elements with identifiers, lengths, and values. Similar to how an XML Schema defines the structure and semantics of an XML Document, this document defines an EBML Schema to convey the semantics of an EBML Document.


Steve Lhomme
Dave Rice

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