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Re: Ten Years Later - XML 1.0 Fifth Edition?

  • From: Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@m...>
  • To: Michael Kay <mike@s...>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2008 11:52:18 -0800

Re:  Ten Years Later - XML 1.0 Fifth Edition?
Michael Kay wrote:
>> Growing but not infinite. There's a hard limit of a few more 
>> than a million spaces for characters in Unicode.
> There was a hard limit of 127 characters in ASCII. That didn't stop anyone.
> They might have to rename it Multicode, but it will still happen.

Not in our lifetime or XML's, possibly not in humanity's. It took 
humanity thousands of years to invent the ~100,000 characters in Unicode 
today. It will take at least thousands more to invent the next 900,000.

I strongly suspect that by the time the Unicode million-character limit 
becomes a real issue (if it ever does) XML will be a quaint legacy 
technology at best. I would not be at all surprised if by that point in 
history, markup as such has been thoroughly replaced  by natural 
language, and I would be no more surprised if we're not using Turing 
machines at all.


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