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Re: Ten Years Later - XML 1.0 Fifth Edition?

  • From: Elliotte Harold <elharo@m...>
  • To: XML Developers List <xml-dev@l...>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2008 09:02:59 -0800

Re:  Ten Years Later - XML 1.0 Fifth Edition?
Jonathan Robie wrote:
> Why do all this work? A character is a character is a character, except 
> for certain well known ranges. The more we try to interpret the more 
> obscure characters, the more trouble we get into.

Because XML is supposed to be human readable and interoperable. This means:

1. Undefined, unprintable characters are very bad.
2. Characters that someone doesn't have a font for are bad.
3. Unrecognized characters from languages the audience doesn't speak are 

Elliotte Rusty Harold  elharo@m...
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