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   Re: [xml-dev] Why would MS want to make XML break on UNIX, Perl, Pytho

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On Thursday 20 December 2001 11:52 pm, Tim Bray wrote:
> Er, no.  Without prejudice to the larger issue of C0 code points,
> the historical fact is that XML 1.0 deliberately chose to force all
> information content of whatever kind into a textual representation
> based on the evidence that this pays off well in terms of
> interoperability.  No more, no less. -Tim

In "The Art of Programming" Ken Thomson/Rob Pike note that in general, a 
textual data format is better than binary because:

  a) it can be easily manipulated with common tools.
  b) it is easily handled by *humans*

Here they are talking about application data interchange. 

These were (some of) the principals used for XML, and I'm sure have 
contributed to it's success.


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