At the moment, when xena binary normalises anything, the source material is base64 encoded and this mostly makes sense if the source is undifferentiated binary data. It makes less sense if the source is already text because XML metadata can be wrapped around text and rendered by any text editor or viewer.
So how about we get the plaintext plugin to skip the base64 bit when binary normalising text.
The same might be said of other ASCII or Unicode content such as HTML or XML but this may require further thought because there is something not quite right about having XML wrapped in XML - quite apart from the fact that it would cease to be well formed XML.
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