From: Christian Wittern (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Dec 02 2002 - 20:27:40 EST
I was recently pointed to the document "Character Entities: An XML Core WG View
A consensus statement from the XML Core WG as of 2002 October 23"
available at http://www.w3.org/XML/Core/2002/10/charents-20021023. In
the last paragraph, it says:
The appropriate way to make use of such characters is to define
character entities which give human-readable names to the PUA
characters for use in authoring. The question of supplying
machine-understandable semantics for PUA characters is an open
research question: the Unicode defaults treat PUA characters like
ideographs, since the most frequent use for them is to represent
unusual ideographs for use in personal names.
Leaving aside the red light that flashed in my head on the notion of
the W3C recommending PUA (for interchange?), I was wondering about the
notion of PUA characters being by "Unicode defaults" treated as
ideographs. Is there a canonical reference for this?
All the best,
-- Christian Wittern Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University 47 Higashiogura-cho, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8265, JAPAN
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