Re: [stella] ROM image classifications

Subject: Re: [stella] ROM image classifications
From: Glenn Saunders <cybpunks2@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2002 04:04:58 -0800
At 01:14 AM 12/18/2002 -0800, you wrote:
base64 expands by a factor of 1.333
hex expands by a factor of 2

Yeah, but hex is actually readable and hackable. That might actually be useful if you wanted to fiddle with a ROM image whereas base64 is just gobblygook. Of course, if people started doing that you'd need to re-evaluate the MD5 hash, another reason NOT to embed the rom image in the XML ;)

The whole idea behind XML is to keep things human-readable.

both are useless until converted back to binary.

Another advantage for hex being that it's a lot easier for an emu or what have you to convert the two character hex values into a stream of characters than it is for it to convert base64.

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