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   Re: [xml-dev] Unicode and XML (was Re: [xml-dev] Remembering theoriginal

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Mike Champion wrote:

>> Fair enough, but if you remove all the unicode-character apparatus 
>> from XML 1.0 you probably cut that in half.  Which is one of the only 
>> important *technical* differences between XML and SGML - SGML was 
>> really underspecified on what a "character" was.  At the end of the 
>> day XML's main technical contribution may turn out to have been that 
>> it dragged Unicode into the mainstream.
> Stupid question:  Why couldn't XML incorporate Unicode by reference 
> rather than spending half of the spec defining the "unicode-character 
> apparatus"?

Well, XML1.1 is moving in that direction.  Even given that, I think that 
XML 1.0's approach, with a big table right in the spec saying "here are 
the legal characters", was probably correct; I (and I'm sure many other 
programmers) ran a perl script over the spec to extract the char parsing 
tables.   -Tim


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