The paper "XERT Your Data, Refocus Your Efforts" was recently added to the Technical Briefcase section of the Holmespun Solutions web site:The paper describes the advantages of using an XML encoding (called XERT) to manipulate data that is usually only worked with in binary form. The paper is aimed at those who work with protocols defined using ASN.1 and encoded in BER format (e.g. X.509, SNMP, LDAP, TAP3, CDR). The paper uses the GSM/UMTS MAP protocol to form illustrations.
The paper also promotes the Berasno Library and Utilities, which are capable of translating BER data to XERT format, and back again, without loss of data or format.