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Re: [xml-dev] version numbers and infosets

From: John Cowan <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2002 07:50:18 -0400 (EDT)
Message-Id: <200207241202.IAA28232@mail2.reutershealth.com>
To: michael.h.kay@ntlworld.com
Cc: jcowan@reutershealth.com ('John Cowan'), elharo@metalab.unc.edu ('Elliotte Rusty Harold'), xml-dev@lists.xml.org, xml-editor@w3.org

Michael Kay scripsit:

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

Sure.  All newline support 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,

Why Sanskrit?  It is supported by XML 1.0 to the extent that Unicode
supports it at all; there are some missing Unicode characters.
Nor do I care, for XML 1.1 purposes, about obsolete scripts: they have
no users.  I do care about access to XML technologies by minority users
very much.

> and supporting user of minority and obsolete computers such as
> US-designed mainframes.

Mainframes are far from obsolete: nothing can match them for speed of
access to main memory, they contain much of the financial and accounting
data our species maintains, and they are continuing to make money
(since you bring that up) for the vendors who sell them.

> Would you bet your own money on the success of
> such a venture?

I am betting the hours of my own life I spend on the matter, which are
a lot more irreplaceable than money.

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