Announcement: SAX 1.0gamma

David Megginson ak117 at
Sun May 3 19:38:26 BST 1998

Tim Bray writes:

 > At 09:12 AM 5/3/98 -0400, David Megginson wrote:

 > >James Clark writes:

 > > > It should be specified whether a byte order mark at the beginning
 > > > of a XML byte stream is included as part of the character stream.
 > > > I don't think it should be 
 > >
 > >My first hunch is the opposite: the XML productions deal with
 > >characters, not bytes.  
 > I think James has the spec on his side here.  The BOM should *definitely*
 > be hidden from SAX customers.

My fault -- I am very tired (for non-SAX reasons), and misread James's
comment: I somehow assumed that he was suggesting that the BOM be
removed from _byte_ streams.  Tim and James are entirely correct: the
BOM should not appear in character streams.

Sorry for any confusion,


David Megginson                 ak117 at
Microstar Software Ltd.         dmeggins at

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