Re: HERE's why the world needs a simpler XML! [was Re: The XML decl is n
From: Michael Champion <Mike.Champion@s...> >Sigh. I'm sure David Megginson is right ... but doesn't this illustrate a >big point that Don Park has been making? We've got this thing that looks >like a PI to the casual observer, and even people who've looked at the >subject deeply enough to write a book about XML have gotten confused! But is it an important confusion? In C we have types int and long and short and so on: but we only have char and wchar_t. Programmers have been trained that storage of characters is important but a knowledge of the sets they use is not. So many or most programmers simply do not have any idea about encodings/repertoires/collections/sets or characters/glyphs etc. This collosal ignorance of the tools of our trade means that in order to understand the XML header people must be given a little non-scary primer on character encodings. The issue of whether it is a PI or not is certainly relevent, because it is a major plus for XML if the encoding is not considered part of the information set (which is not to say that it should be thrown away, as mentioned). On this issue, I think the books on XML and the various implementations have been excellent; if one XML implementation keeps it as a PI and if one book uses the term for this loosely, it is perhaps the most minor flaw that is imaginable. 99.999% of users will not care whether it is a PI or not; but at least 99% will care that multiple encodings are supported well and richly on input and output. Rick Jelliffe xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 To unsubscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; unsubscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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