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Re: [xml-dev] Re: XML element names (was: Ten Years Later - XML 1.0 Fifth Edition?)

On Sat, Feb 23, 2008 at 09:49:46AM -0000, Michael Kay wrote:
> > This describes why prohibition of certain characters in names 
> > (actually, person names as described in this article), can cause 
> > certain people from not being able to use certain applications. I 
> > think, the concepts of this article apply to XML names as well ...
> Actually, I'm not entirely convinced by this. I think that XML names are
> primarily for use within the IT system and do not need to have any direct
> relationship to strings that are meaningful to end users.

I think to this extent at least we are in agreement.


> Of course the problem of visual ambiguity also applies to end-user data as
> well. If you see a car in the Balkans wth the registration APH 345 then it's
> not immediately obvious what those three letters are...

Agreed.  Networking is making this a more obvious problem to a wider


Liam Quin, W3C XML Activity Lead, http://www.w3.org/People/Quin/
http://www.holoweb.net/~liam/ * http://www.fromoldbooks.org/

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