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   Re: [xml-dev] UTF-8+names

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Tony.Graham@Sun.COM (Tony Graham) writes:
>> Unicode itself ran out of room and put in surrogates.  Now it seems
>Yes.  I don't doubt that 65,000 characters seemed like enough back in
>1988, or that a (fixed) character size larger than 16 bits would have
>been an even tougher sell back when Unicode was getting established.
>> that we've run out of patience and added yet another layer of
>> processing in the middle.
>Yet the proposal under discussion doesn't attempt naming either 65,000
>characters or 1,000,000+, so I don't see why surrogates have anything
>to do with it.

It's another level of indirection between characters and bytes.  Lots of
people (who've ever encountered them, anyway) gripe that surrogates
complicate processing - and they're just a dead-simple algorithm.  This
proposal makes the impact of surrogrates on the distance between bytes
and characters look trivial by comparison.


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