Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.
XML != binary data
Author: Stephen Butler Posted: 6/28/1999; 12:48:04 PM Topic: www.xml-rpc.com Msg #: 7869 (In response to 947) Prev/Next: 7868 / 7870
The XML-RPC spec says that a "string" element can contain any characters, while the XML spec says that the only non-printable characters allowed are tab, carriage return, linefeed, and certain 16-bit Unicode characters.
The XML spec defines "Character Data" as
[^<&]* - ([^<&]* ']]>' [^<&]*)
but I believe this production assumes the global restriction on characters. Whaddaya think?
From the XML-RPC spec, Q&A section: (http://frontier.userland.com/tree$220.127.116.11#update1) "Any characters are allowed in a string except < and &, which are encoded as < and &. A string can be used to encode binary data."
From the XML spec, section 2.2: (http://www.w3.org/TR/1998/REC-xml-19980210.html#charsets) "A parsed entity contains text, a sequence of characters, which may represent markup or character data. A character is an atomic unit of text as specified by ISO/IEC 10646 [ISO/IEC 10646]. Legal characters are tab, carriage return, line feed, and the legal graphic characters of Unicode and ISO/IEC 10646"
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