Re: Non-ascii string processing?

From: Elliotte Rusty Harold (
Date: Wed Oct 08 2003 - 07:24:46 CST

At 8:08 AM -0400 10/8/03, John Cowan wrote:

>No, it doesn't. There was a strong feeling in the W3C Core WG that
>it be possible to handle the Astral Planes uniformly; every character
>off the BMP, therefore, is a valid Char as well as a valid NameStartChar.

Of course it would have been possible to handle the "Astral Planes"
uniformly by making every character in them a legal Char, but not a
valid name character or name start character. This would have avoided
silliness like elements named after the musical symbol for a six
string fretboard or the damage of using undefined characters in XML
documents. It also would have been much more compatible with existing
parsers and tools. :-(

   Elliotte Rusty Harold
   Processing XML with Java (Addison-Wesley, 2002)

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