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Re: The XML decl is not a PI (especially in SAX)

  • From: "Richard Anderson" <rja@a...>
  • To: "Rick Jelliffe" <ricko@a...>,<xml-dev@i...>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Nov 1999 19:30:20 -0000

sax pi
> The XML header could be a PI tag based on its delimiters, but it is not
> by definition. James Clark has picked me up on this a few times: he is
> so tough. The XML header is stripped as a function of entity management.

I agree.

> However, even though the encoding attribute in the XML header does not
> form part of the information set of  a document, I think it is a mistake
> to think that it should be discarded after the parsing of a document.

I agree 110%

> I hope that future APIs could keep this in mind: hide the encoding from
> the processor by all means, but save the encoding information for
> re-encoding later.

Yes.  I'd go further and say the processor should have the option to see the
encoding. For example, given 1 XML input stream I should be able to create 5
outputs, which each output in the same encoding as the original input if so
desired.

Regards,

Richard.
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