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Re: [xml-dev] Re: determining ID-ness in XML

Michael Fuller wrote:

> No; but then I never understood why the use of processing instructions
> had become infra dig. W3C politics, I hear whispered. Anyone care to share?

My totally uninformed guess is because in SGML, every application felt (and was)
free to use them any way they wanted. They didn't contain information specified by
the standard, they contained any kind of information that the application might use.

This doesn't seem to happen with XML applications - if it did, I would be against
their use as well, as the data produced becomes proprietary. I do think that they
are appropriate vehicles for well defined information related to the


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