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   Re: [xml-dev] Character Entities: An XML Core WG View

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David Carlisle wrote:

> > I haven't heard a
> >good argument against this yet, except for someone suggested the names
> >aren't stable and change with Unicode revs... is this true? -Tim
> The names do change from time to time. the names of the lowercase phi
> characters changed at unicode 3 for example.

Hmm, maybe the Unicode people could agree not to do this in future?

> Also this would of course be a _much_ larger predefined list of names
> for a system to carry around than a list based on the
> ISO/mathml/docbook/xhtml entities.

Granted.  But it would make this problem go away forever, and there 
would only be one list of character names in the world.  These are both 
good things.

You could even revise the syntax rules of XML 1.0 slightly to allow 
spaces in entity names &#LOWERCASE PHI; - no spaces or underscores!



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