Escape mechanism using release character

Richard Tobin richard at
Fri Jul 16 15:09:20 BST 1999

> Why is it that the well known escape mechanism of using a 
> release character (like '\') for escaping special characters 
> (eg. '<','&') not used in XML?

Because XML is a subset of SGML which does not use such a mechanism.

If XML had been a new system designed from scratch, it might well have
been much simpler in many respects.  On the other hand, it would
probably not have succeeded.

-- Richard

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