Re: ERB Decisions of March 26th
> 3. Should the XML declaration at the front of the document entity be
> made optional?
> [Ed. note: a *lot* of discussion on this one; made more difficult that
> the people who wanted it optional could see good reasons for making it
> compulsory, and those who wanted it compulsory could see good reasons
> for making it optional]
> Optional: Bray, Clark, DeRose, Kimber, Magliery, Sharpe, Bosak
> Required: Maler, Paoli, Sperberg-McQueen
> So it's now optional.
It must be made crystal clear that its absence implies:
o XML version 1.0 - documents complying with future versions are going
to have to require the declaration for disambiguation
o UTF-8 or UCS-2 encoding - "An entity which begins with neither a
Byte Order Mark nor an encoding declaration must be in the UTF-8
o RMD of ALL - "If no RMD is provided, the effect is identical to an
RMD with the value ALL". I disagree with this choice of defaults,
but that is the current spec.
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