Part I: XML Infoset

The Infoset is the unfortunate standard to which those in retreat from the radical and most useful implications of well-formedness have rallied. At its core the Infoset insists that there is 'more' to XML than the straightforward syntax of well-formedness. By imposing its canonical semantics the Infoset obviates the infinite other semantic outcomes which might be elaborated in particular unique circumstances from an instance of well-formed XML 1.0 syntax. The question we should be asking is not whether the Infoset has chosen the correct canonical semantics, but whether the syntactic possibilities of XML 1.0 should be curtailed in this way at all.
--Walter Perry on the xml-dev mailing list

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