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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bob Foster [mailto:bob@objfac.com] 
> Sent: Sunday, April 10, 2005 17:48
> To: Alessandro Triglia
> Cc: amyzing@talsever.com; xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Re: Non-infoset
> Alessandro Triglia wrote:
>  > Entities are in the non-infoset.   I have asked how many 
> creators of 
> XML documents need them.  If they are a good number, then the 
> infoset is 
> important.
> And I have answered. Everyone who authors an XML document by 
> hand needs 
> them. Sooner or later one will need to escape one or more of the 
> characters ', ", <, > or &.
> What, you want a count of the number of people who authors by 
> hand? 

Certainly not.  I am trying to get a feel of the existing views on how much relevance the non-infoset part of an XML document has for the creator of the document (be it a program or a person).

I have often heard the comment that the infoset is not important because nobody uses it except spec writers.  I am trying to understand whether "nobody uses it" means "people typically need to express more than the infoset contains" or whether it means "people don't use the word 'infoset'".

> You 
> don't think it's a big number? I don't get your point, nor why you 
> started this unnecessary squabble.

See above.  I know for sure that there are many applications that don't care about defining entities and referencing those defined entities, or that are happy with either attribute delimiter, and so on.  I would conclude that those applications would be happy with exchanging infosets instead of XML 1.0 documents.  I am trying to determine what is the weight of those applications overall.


> Bob
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