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RE: [xml-dev] [ Revised ] 15 elementary truths about XML

David Carlisle wrote:

> [XML] Documents consist of characters not bytes

If an XML processor processes characters, not bytes, then what software takes the bytes in a file and generates characters? 

Are you saying that an XML processors builds on top of another piece of software (which converts bytes to characters)? 

How is a character presented to an XML processor if it is not presented as one or more bytes?

Perhaps I should use the word "file" rather than "document"? For example:  The contents of an XML file is a sequence of zeros and ones called bits.


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