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   Re: [xml-dev] UTF-8+names

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Hi Rick,

On Tue, 2003-10-21 at 04:55, Rick Jelliffe wrote:

> The idea of specifying fallback behaviour for references to undeclared 
> entities with
> standard names
> * fixes a current problem that a significant number of users have,
> * does not alter XML's robustness but makes it less fragile.
> * And the XML WG is very cooperative.

Yes, and to summarise all what's been said this proposal, the main
criticism is that it isn't a "fallback behaviour for references to
undeclared entities with standard names" but a "filter through behaviour
for references to HTML and MathML entities".

This does add an extra layer of processing and is likely to collide with
defined entities (what if I have defined a "nbsp" -standing for number
of spaces" entity as "7" in my DTD?).

I am wondering if utf-8+names is really better than continuing to advise
people who want to use these entities to include a DTD reference.


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