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RE: Some comments on the 1.1 draft


RE:  Some comments on the 1.1 draft

> If you start allowing
> control characters (which are somewhat debatable *as* characters in the
> first place), it becomes very easy to abuse the power and to have
> application-specific uses of embedded encodings. This is effectively what
> Mr. Rhys from MS wanted: the ability to store arbitrary binary streams
> inside XML encoded data.

> The problem is that XML is *text*. It is made from *characters*, and
> arbitrary binary strings have no place in it. Once you change that, you
> have essentially ruined XML as a textual markup language.

This argument seems to apply equally against Base64 encoding as it does
against control characters.

I think of XML not as a textual markup language, but rather as a layer over
which markup languages can be defined.  Why is it the job of XML to prevent
characters that are not appropriate for some classes of markup languages?

Jim
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