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Effective XML: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your XML by Elliotte Rusty Harold

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NEL Used as a Line Break

The fourth change XML 1.1 makes is of no use to anyone and should never have been adopted. XML 1.1 allows the Unicode next line character (#x85, NEL) to be used anywhere a carriage return, line feed, or carriage return–line feed pair is used in XML 1.0 documents. Note that a NEL doesn't mean anything different than a carriage return or line feed. It's just one more way of adding extra white space. However, it is incompatible not only with the installed base of XML software but also with all the various text editors on UNIX, Windows, Mac, OS/2, and almost every other non-IBM platform on Earth. For instance, you can't open an XML 1.1 document that uses NELs in emacs, vi, BBEdit, UltraEdit, jEdit, or most other text editors ...

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