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Re: MSXML DOM Special Chars Less Than 32

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On Saturday 23 March 2002 08:22, you wrote:

> That's a bit like saying that XML should not be used as marshalling
> information when arbitrary strings are sent around. So should SOAP and
> WebDAV changed?

So it would appear! Mandate that all attribute value and text nodes are sent 
in base64?

As a general statement, should ALL uses of XML that are not actually document 
processing for human display (eg, everything it wasn't originally designed 
for) base64 ALL values that can't be guaranteed to fit into a constrained 
character set (numbers, IDs, IDREFs, etc)? We'd have to change a lot of 
standards then.

> The problem is that when these protocols were designed, apparently the
> different concept of character data wasn't considered.

Yes. Broken by design. Nice.

> However, ignoring the issue doesn't exactly help either. Many
> applications/protocols are stuck with the task of marshalling "arbitrary"
> strings as XML (and datatype xs:string), so it would be good if there was
> an XML-1.0 compliant, cross-protocol format to do this.


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