Must XML be SGML compatible?

Paul Prescod papresco at
Wed Oct 29 14:49:32 GMT 1997

This entire thread is based on the false presumption that XML is
8879:1986 compatible. XML is compatible with today's SGML (actually,
tomorrow's SGML) which has actually changed in many ways to *accomodate
XML*. If this CDATA problem were serious, it would be fixed in SGML
already. It isn't and it isn't. It is just an annoyance and not worth
changing when we have a lot of other more important things on our plate.

 Paul Prescod

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