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   Re: [xml-dev] terra incognita

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Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:
> At 6:53 PM +1100 12/19/01, Alan Kent wrote:
> >Is there a good reason why PCDATA should not be allowed to contain the
> >bell (BEL) or escape (ESC) character? Why is it always evil to allow
> >terminal escape sequences to be embedded in an XML document? Why is it
> >important for XML to *not* permit it to be used for things that it was
> >not originally intended for?
> >
> Among other reasons, because these characters can have unexpected
> consequences when presented on dumb terminals and terminal emulators,
> passed through gateways  and routers, and in other systems.

And because in XML when you need to sound a bell, you can say <bell/>,
not use an obscure, non-printing #07



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