Re: Character encoding questions
> >Having something like > >a declaration that is transport or operating environment > >independent seems a lot simpler, reliable, and understandable. > >If the declaration is redundant, it is harmless. > > If they are in conflict, it can be harmful. Quite true if a program that is confronted with the conflict does something harmful. I'm speculating that fewer harmful results will occur in the real world if #1 below occurs than if #2 occurs. #1. A program trusts the XML information unless it results in the XML document not looking like an XML document. Then the program can give up or try some environment-driven methods. #2. A program keeps a lot of specialized information about environments it might run in (lets assume that the program is somewhat portable so the environments include as least Windows, Apple, and some sort of Unix) and how an XML document might reach it. If the program has the right information and correctly winds its way through it, then it gets a good XML document. I think that #2 is much harder to do than being told what to do by the document. xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ To unsubscribe, send to majordomo@i... the following message; unsubscribe xml-dev List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (rzepa@i...)
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