[Bug 29360] Extending string literal syntax


--- Comment #5 from Michael Kay <mike@saxonica.com> ---
Benito, it's a pity you don't participate in the working group, then you would
(a) have a better understanding of how these decisions are made, and (b) be
able to add your personal insights as inputs.

Clearly choosing ASCII characters (or non-ASCII, which was also considered) is
a bicycle-shed issue on which everyone has an opinion, and believe me, there
were plenty of opinions put forward. Sometimes on these occasions, if one has
to explain how the committee reached its decision, it can only be described as
a process of exhaustion - after two full meetings discussing the subject, all
reasonable suggestions had been found objectionable, and by that time everyone
was so fed up with spending time on such an arbitrary decision that the next
workable solution had a good chance of being accepted.

I'm reminded of the XSD 1.0 spec which says that the set of datatypes was
"judiciously chosen". I've always assumed this was a euphemism for "we spent an
awful long time talking about it, and in the end, this is what we ended up

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