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Re: [xml-dev] version numbers and infosets

From: David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2002 12:43:33 +0100
Message-Id: <200207241143.MAA02269@penguin.nag.co.uk>
To: jcowan@reutershealth.com
CC: xml-dev@lists.xml.org, xml-editor@w3.org


> but extended-ASCII files won't
> work that way: plaintext expects NEL (#x85).

If the file is in extended-ibm-ascii then stick
encoding="extended-ibm-ascii" in the xml declaration and the job is
done.
It only works on parsers that know that encoding but compared to the
cost to everyone of changing the white space rules in XML this is
always going to be preferable.

Even if you do bring out a 1.1 that has NEL in white space anyone who
cares about portability would be better advised to use 1.0 and such an
encoding declaration rather than use 1.1.

I think you should do 1.1 to allow unicode 3+ characters in names, but
changing the white space rules is just gratuitous incompatibility
that helps no one, not even users of NEL.

David

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