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   RE: [xml-dev] UTF-8+names

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Joern Clausen wrote:
> Hi!
> I think Simon St.Laurent's reply was the most useful up to now.
> On Sun, Oct 19, 2003 at 03:36:25PM +0100, Bill de hÓra wrote:
> >  o know whether the current MathML/HTML4 sets are sufficient; ie
> > are we going to need to reversion this in couple of years to cater 
> > for ogham?
> Of course they are not sufficient. They cover only a fragment 
> of characters defined by Unicode.
> One possibility might be to use the names from the Unicode 
> code charts, like &hebrew-letter-yod; or &lao-letter-do;. 
> Think of them as ad-hoc entities, if you like.
> Now, if entities only were allowed to have namespaces 
> assigned to them, then you could say
> <foo xmlns:unc="some-uri-for-unicode">&unc:hebrew-letter-yod;</foo>
> and they wouldn't collide with your own entities, as someone 
> already pointed out. 

I think this comes very close to what I said, that the problem should be
solved at the XML level, not at the encoding level.  Your proposal would
work with encoding="utf-8" and encoding="utf-16".  The knowledge of the
names and the ability to resolve them into characters would be attributed to
the XML processor rather than to a codec.  


> And XML parser could clearly state if 
> they support that namespace or not. Is there some rationale 
> why only elements and attributes have namespaces?
> Of course, this solution won't save you much time for looking 
> names up when writing, maybe it helps when reading them in a 
> text. But all in all I don't see the point in the original 
> draft anyway...
> -- 
>  Joern Clausen                                
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