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RE: [xml-dev] Ten Years Later - XML 1.0 Fifth Edition?

Somewhere in that reply is the logical condition that some members of the
audience aren't human. ;-)

This part of the discussion seems to have the most knots.  Can you clarify
the positions?  Requiring a parser to explicitly ignore characters doesn't
seem right to me but I likely misunderstand.


From: Elliotte Harold [mailto:elharo@metalab.unc.edu] 

Jonathan Robie wrote:
> Why do all this work? A character is a character is a character, except 
> for certain well known ranges. The more we try to interpret the more 
> obscure characters, the more trouble we get into.

Because XML is supposed to be human readable and interoperable. This means:

1. Undefined, unprintable characters are very bad.
2. Characters that someone doesn't have a font for are bad.
3. Unrecognized characters from languages the audience doesn't speak are 

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