XML processing instruction survey

Tim Bray tbray at textuality.com
Wed Dec 1 02:55:57 GMT 1999

At 03:07 PM 11/30/99 -0800, Jeffrey E. Sussna wrote:
>I'm interested in the extent to which people are actually using the XML
>processing instruction ( <?xml ) in their XML files, and the extent to which
>they find it useful.

It's not really designed for people.  It's mostly designed for use
by the XML processor to help figure out the encoding and make sure that
this is really XML.

I'd think that using it at the application level would be not only
uncommon but probably unwise.  I'd be interested to hear any positive
responses to the query. -T.

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