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On Wednesday 19 December 2001 12:52 pm, Eric van der Vlist wrote:
> > I think of XML not as a textual markup language, but rather as a layer
> > over which markup languages can be defined. Why is it the job of XML to
> > prevent characters that are not appropriate for some classes of markup
> > languages?
> IMO, it's not a matter of "preventing characters that are not appropriate
> for some classes of markup languages", it's a matter of using the abstract
> notion of characters defined by Unicode instead of using their physical
> representation (bytes).
This is right. If you take the REC as-is, there can be no advantage to
including control characters etc. vis-a-vis the serialization of data.
It feels like 1994.... I'm getting flashbacks.