Re: RS/RE considered confusing?

On Sat, 14 Sep 1996, Deborah A. Lapeyre wrote:

> On Fri, 13 Sep 1996, David Durand wrote:
> >For XML we can simplify things by just treating LF and CR (well,
> > actually their 10646 equivalents) as whitespace. We can simply skip
> > the entire notion of non-significant and significant RS/RE entirely.
> > 
> While not advocating this or any other mechanism, may I add my vote that 
> it is ESSENTIAL that RS/RE not be significant.  Any system whereby they 
> are, in however limited a fashion, adds both complexity and dependencies 
> we cannot afford.

Maybe someone has suggested this already, but a possible approach is to
treat the whole entity as one record, i.e. to disconnect the record
concept from the line concept. (One could use End Of Transmission
character to signify RE, I guess: presumably this would be stripped out by
the network session handler and reinserted by the entity handler.)

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