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Subject: Re: wide space [was syntax charset]
From: Francois Yergeau <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Wed, 6 Sep 95 10:26:49 EDT

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Terry Allen <[log in to unmask]>:
>One problem might be that this is an SGML error, if IDEO-SP isn't
>in the syntax charset, or is but isn't defined as a SEPCHAR.  If so,
>the instance is invalid and an error checker (or, what a thought,
>SGML parsing) will catch the error, and the author will correct it.
>Another problem is that authors won't bother to check for errors,

Which, of course, is what will happen most of the time.  Validating
documents is a Good Thing, but is not generally done in the real
world.  Especially since people use Netscape extensions all the time,
and there is not even a real, complete DTD for that.

>and browser developers will feel they have to tolerate it.

Why, then, not simply allow them in the spec?  We have a (rather
small, admittedly) problem, with an extremely simple and easy
solution, both conceptually and implementation-wise (remember, no new
name characters).  Standards-conforming, moreover.  Why decline?

Gavin Nicol <[log in to unmask]>:
>There is an alternative: we would map the wide versions of spaces and
>characters to the ASCII form.

I don't think SGML has provisions for that.

>That said, I think putting in SEPCHARS is good, but not zenkaku

Exactly my opinion, and exactly what is currently in the draft.

François Yergeau <[log in to unmask]>
Alis Technologies inc., Montréal
Tél: +1 (514) 738-9171
Fax: +1 (514) 342-0318

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