Re: Supporting Unicode (was Some comments on the 1.1 dr aft)
On Thursday 20 December 2001 01:36 am, Alan Kent wrote: >And thats where it gets hard. Philisophically, is it better to stop >people from doing things that might be wrong or better to allow people >to do more things and wear the responsibility if it was wrong? This is really a serious part of the question here. I personally tend toward "more choice, more personal responsibility" philosophically. That said, I also live a lawful life and abide my the constraints that society places upon me (for the most part). Martin Duerst has a very good saying here: that standards establish the *mininum* level of interoperability. For XML to be a pervasivley used as it is, especially as a document markup language, I think it is important to place some restrictions on it. At a more abstract level, XML is defined in terms of characters, and many of the control characetrs are really debatably characters in the first place. Unicode, like many standards, is a compromise, and the control characters are an artifact of that compromise. XML does not have to inherit the sins of others.
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