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- From: Mark Brissenden <email@example.com>
- To: Eric Baatz - Sun Microsystems Labs BOS <ebaatz@barbaresco.East.Sun.COM>
- Date: Fri, 11 Jul 1997 12:10:12 -0600
Eric Baatz - Sun Microsystems Labs BOS wrote:
> I don't understand why such a wide choice of characters are allowed in
> in the June XML Syntax specification.
>  Nmtoken ::= (NameChar)+
>  NameChar ::= Letter | Digit | MiscName
>  MiscName ::= '.' | '-' | '_' | ':' | CombiningChar | Ignorable | Extender
>  Ignorable ::= a whole bunch of characters like "zero width non-joiner",
> "right-to-left mark", and "zero width no-break space"
> This seems to allow Nmtokens that aren't visible to the human eye,
> for example, consisting of a single zero width non-joiner.
Plus, what if one is embedded in a token? You could have
two different tokens that appear to be identical to the human eye,
one of which could split into two parts in the right context.
> My limited understanding of SGML suggests that a Nmtoken is more like
> a Name rather than a superset of it. For that matter, is "9" a sensible
I think "9" is a legitimate Nmtoken (in the Ref. Concrete
Syntax, anyway), because Nmtokens aren't limited in their first
character the way Names are - the first character can be anything
which can appear in the rest of the token.
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