New NOTE: A Notation for Character Collections for the WWW

From: Martin J. Duerst (
Date: Sun Nov 28 1999 - 19:57:36 EST

I'm glad to announce the publication of the following
(sorry for the delay). Please note that this is not a
standard (or recommendation, in W3C language), but just
a private proposal. Comments are therefore all the more

Regards, Martin.

A Notation for Character Collections for the WWW

World Wide Web Consortium Note 05-November-1999

This version:
Latest version:
Author: Martin J. Du"rst (W3C) <>


An XML syntax for describing collections of characters is proposed.
This will allow to reference character collections with URIs and thus
to reference them from other protocols and formats. The main usage
areas for character collections are schemas, forms, and stylesheets.
Several constructs, in particular kernels, hulls, and alternatives,
are provided to allow incomplete specifications and to increase
network efficiency.

Status of this document

This document is an initial proposal made available as a NOTE by the
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for further discussion. This indicates
no endorsement of its content by the W3C at this moment. Depending on
the response from interested/affected W3C Working Groups and from the
W3C Members at large, this NOTE will be assigned to a Working Group
(potentially the Internationalization Working Group) for further work.

Please send comments on this document to for
public discussion, to the mailing list of the W3C Internationalization
Interest Group (members only) for W3C-internal discussion, and directly
to the author at for editorial issues. Experience reports
from experimental implementations are welcome, but the W3C will not
allow early implementations to constrain its ability to make changes.

A list of current W3C technical reports and publications, including
Working Drafts and Notes, can be found at

#-#-# Martin J. Du"rst, World Wide Web Consortium

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