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Michael Kay wrote:

> Of course it doesn't. The biggest single failing in the XML spec, sadly
> unremedied in subsequent versions, is that it doesn't define the information
> content of an XML document. Without that "lossless" cannot be defined, and
> it can't be defined, then it can't be achieved.

Certainly it could be achieved. You could define a 1-1 mapping from the 
binary format to the actual bytes or characters of an XML document. This 
would preserve a lot of things most people don't care about like 
attribute order, numeric character references, and white space in the 
prolog, but it would preserve everything that anyone cares about.

Elliotte Rusty Harold  elharo@metalab.unc.edu
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