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   RE: [xml-dev] UTF-8+names

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  • Subject: RE: [xml-dev] UTF-8+names
  • From: "Alessandro Triglia" <sandro@mclink.it>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2003 15:27:30 -0400
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Another fact that I think has been overlooked is the following.

The following fragment of XML (encoded in UTF-8+names but displayed as if it were encoded in UTF-8) contains exactly 18 Unicode characters:


because   &nbsp;   counts as one character and   &lt;   counts as 4 characters.

The UTF-8+names encoding of this fragment of XML occupies 23 bytes.  The UTF-8 encoding occupies 19 bytes.

Now, while   &nbsp;  is easy to remember as being one of the magic pseudo-entities, how about any of those 2000+ pseudo-entities listed in the draft?  Can anybody determine, without doing a lookup, how many Unicode characters are there in



Is the general opinion here that this kind of confusion is not important (say, not important to software vendors and not important to users of XML technologies)?



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