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   Re: [xml-dev] A heavier-weight proposal for character entity definition

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James Clark wrote:

> Interesting.  Those are compelling use cases but this significantly 
> complicates things.  In particular, automatically using entities on 
> output becomes much more complicated.  Instead of a simple hash table 
> that maps character codes to entities, you have to have a trie.  I also 
> see a slippery slope opening up here:

Indeed.  In practice, it seems that giving characters names creates very
few problems, while general-purpose macros of zero arguments (aka
entities) are very expensive.  Maybe there's an 80/20 point for math
and the rest of the special-character-intensive communities with
some form of single-character-replacement.  -Tim


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