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- Subject: Allowable characters for NCName, assuming the ASCII character set?
- From: "Roger L. Costello" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 15:12:10 -0400
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Suppose that I create XML documents, restricting myself to just using the
ASCII character set.
And suppose that I declare an element to have the datatype NCName:
<element name="foo" type="NCName"/>
What are the allowable characters for <foo>?
I believe that the answer is: [a-zA-Z_][a-zA-Z0-9.-_]*
Here's how I arrived at my answer:
The production rule for NCName in the XML specification:
NCName ::= (Letter | '_') (NCNameChar)*
NCNameChar ::= Letter | Digit | '.' | '-' | '_' | CombiningChar | Extender
Given that I am just using the ASCII character set,
Letter is a-zA-X
Digit is 0 - 9
CombiningChar and Extender are characters outside the ASCII character
set (I think)
Do you agree that, given the restriction of using only ASCII characters, the
set of characters that can be used in <foo> is: [a-zA-Z_][a-zA-Z0-9.-_]*