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Liam Quin wrote:

> characters and text.  But even a "plain US ASCII text file" is in fact
> in a binary format.

True for ASCII but not for XML. An XML document is not necessarily in a 
binary format, though in practice most (but not all) are. XML is defined 
in terms of characters, not bytes or bits. Non-binary representations of 
characters such as printed matter and analog encodings can encode 
well-formed XML documents. There's no rule that says the underlying 
encoding for XML must be binary. Who knows what sorts of computing 
devices we'll be using in a hundred years. Maybe they'll be quantum 
computers that use qubits instead of bits. Maybe something we haven't 
even thought of.

Elliotte Rusty Harold  elharo@metalab.unc.edu
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