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Re: Progress on escapes FAQ

From: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2005 11:43:46 +0200
To: "Richard Ishida" <ishida@w3.org>
Cc: "'GEO'" <public-i18n-geo@w3.org>
Message-ID: <42db8e7b.72254437@smtp.bjoern.hoehrmann.de>

* Richard Ishida wrote:
>Actually the charmod conformance criterion is aimed at people developing
>specs, rather than content developers who are the target of the FAQ, and
>aims to ensure that a hex representation is available for use by authors.
>See, however: http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/REC-charmod-20050215/#C048
>"C048  [I]  [C]  Content SHOULD use the hexadecimal form of character
>escapes rather than the decimal form when there are both.

Yes, content should use the hexadecimal form, not specifications should
allow a hexadecimal form. Clearly, all W3C specifications should conform
to Charmod, which would mean all content is required to conform to it
aswell, which would mean content that uses decimal escapes even though
it could use hexadecimal escapes is not unconditionally conforming.

It would consequently be appropriate for e.g. http://validator.w3.org/
to complain about the use of numerical escapes. If the Validator does
that, people would however complain that the FAQ says use of hexadecimal
escapes is not required. It would be more appropriate if the FAQ states
that use of decimal escapes is inappropriate most of the time. If that
is not intended by C048, it seems C048 should be changed to point this
out more clearly.
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