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   RE: How best to represent unrepresentable characters in NAME tokens?

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  • From: Andrew Layman <andrewl@microsoft.com>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 14:05:49 -0800

Thank you all for the suggestions you have made to me (many privately)
regarding this question.  Here is the policy I intend to follow and to

Sometimes you will want to use a character in a name, but that character is
not an XML NameChar.  In that case, encode it, using a sequence such as
"_#xHHHH_" where "HHHH" is a hexadecimal rendition of the Unicode character.
For example "Two Words" would encode as "Two_#x0020_Words".  Such encoding
(and subsequent decoding) is an application function, not part of the XML
specification per-se.

(This is the closest mapping I could make to using character entities in

--Andrew Layman

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