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   Re: [xml-dev] XML and mainframes, yet again (was RE: [xml-dev] Some comm

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 From: "Michael Kay" <michael.h.kay@ntlworld.com>
 > The fact that most of the world adopted the UNIX-style file model rather
> than the mainframe style is a historical accident that doesn't make either
> style wrong, let alone "brain-dead". I don't know whether it's right now
> that XML should make accommodations for this minority of the IT community,
> but it's certainly a reasonable proposition to argue.

Interestingly, SGML uses the Record Start, Record End approach.

XML threw this out, in favour of the more Webby newline approach:
"map to #A".

The fact that IBM uses NEL for newlines may be a good enough
reason for adding NEL to the list of characters to map to #A,
but does not mean that XML 1.0's decision to support lines rather
than records needs to be revisited.

Rick Jelliffe


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