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On May 8, 2005, at 11:20 AM, Rick Jelliffe wrote:
> Are PIs and comments after the root element closes ordered or
> ISO 8879 doesn't say, IIRC. It is up to the community to figure out
> their needs are, and if a concensus or controversy arises, deal
> with it
> and get the standard improved.
FWIW. It is always the case that ultimately the community decides.
The interoperability that XML brings about is less an effect of the
XML specification, than an effect brought about by a largish
community of tool builders and adopters of XML (i.e. the people
defining *applications* of XML). This is true of most
specifications... they live or die by the community, and the
interoperability benefits typically accrue from network effects.