[XML-SIG] Re: Parsing a unicode string

konrad.hinsen at laposte.net konrad.hinsen at laposte.net
Wed Oct 6 09:37:17 CEST 2004

On 05.10.2004, at 21:10, Mike Brown wrote:

> To clarify for Konrad's benefit -
> XML syntax is defined in terms of ISO/IEC 10646 characters.
> XML parsing is defined in terms of encoded byte streams.

Interesting. I had always thought of XML as a (unicode) text 
representation of structured data, and of the encoding as a means to 
make it compatible with the currently dominating world of byte streams.

What does one gain by marrying XML to byte streams? If some day in the 
future 32-bit units becomes the smallest useful ones in computing, this 
will just cause compatibility headaches.


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