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RE: [xml-dev] version numbers and infosets

From: Michael Kay <michael.h.kay@ntlworld.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2002 10:15:23 +0100
To: "'John Cowan'" <jcowan@reutershealth.com>, "'Elliotte Rusty Harold'" <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>
Cc: <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>, <xml-editor@w3.org>
Message-ID: <002701c232f2$a495a460$6401a8c0@pcukmka>

> That means that on mainframe platforms, XML files are not 
> plaintext files and vice versa.  As a matter of justice, this 
> is intolerable.

No more intolerable than the fact that XML does not require parsers to
support the Microsoft codepages. 

By "mainframe platforms" you mean "IBM and compatible mainframes". Let's
be clear that this is vendor-specific.

Which leads to the interesting reflection that XML 1.1 has two themes:
supporting users of minority and obsolete languages such as Sanskrit,
and supporting user of minority and obsolete computers such as
US-designed mainframes. Would you bet your own money on the success of
such a venture?

Michael Kay
Software AG
home: Michael.H.Kay@ntlworld.com
work: Michael.Kay@softwareag.com 
Received on Wednesday, 24 July 2002 05:13:12 UTC

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