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Re: several messages about New Vocabularies in text/html

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 08:24:21 +0000 (UTC)
To: Alexey Proskuryakov <ap@webkit.org>
Cc: David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>, public-html@w3.org, www-math@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0805230823200.12907@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Fri, 23 May 2008, Alexey Proskuryakov wrote:
> On May 23, 2008, at 11:05 AM, Ian Hickson wrote:
> > > > 
> > > > lang  U+027E8
> > > > rang  U+027E9
> > > 
> > > What is the rationale for this?
> > 
> > As I understand it the original mappings were CJK characters, they're 
> > not the right ones for angle brackets.
> 
> I'm afraid I don't follow your reasoning. Maybe U+3008 is not the right 
> one for some uses of angle brackets, but it is the right one for other 
> uses - exactly for the same ones for which U+2329 was correct. If 
> someone needs a named entity for mathematical left angle bracket, they 
> can suggest a new name, but changing the semantics of an existing name 
> doesn't seem appropriate.
> 
> The mathematical use of this character is not even common enough to 
> argue that it is the most important case (I'm not sure if it has any 
> importance at all, since in mathematics, such brackets usually need to 
> grow to surround multi-line content, something that won't happen when 
> rendering HTML).

There were numerous requests for this change and it was made some time ago 
-- does the change actually break anything?

My understanding is that the original lang and rang codepoints were CJK 
characters only because no better characters existed.

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