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Re: "Open Interchange"

From: Murata Makoto <murata@apsdc.ksp.fujixerox.co.jp>
Date: Tue, 03 Jun 1997 17:30:50 +0900
Message-Id: <9706030830.AA00036@lute.apsdc.ksp.fujixerox.co.jp>
To: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
Gavin Nicol writes:
>
>I would say that the above is a fair definition of "open interchange",

So do I.

>though with the ability to *discover* what character has been sent,
>the latter part of the assertion is false. This is why I have been
>hoping to get an infrastructure in place for that exact purpose.
>
>(To those who are waiting in the wings: I will be starting a mailing list 
>soon for discussion of this issue).

What is a character?   Without seriously considering this extremely 
hard problem, an "infratstructure" for introducing more
characters will only make the problem worse. 

Some people want to introduce a character called Hashigo-Daga.  The JIS 
committee rejected it, saying that this is merely a variation of usual 
Taka(i).  (This is a debatable issue, but I agree with the committee.)
Clearly, if we continue to introduce more and more characters for 
Hashigo-Daga, etc., full text search will become impossible.

>>Questions:  Is XML really intended only to be used for "open interchange"
>>as so defined?  
>
>I do not think so, though obviously, the Internet is an important target.
>
>>Will the use of XML be prohibited when additional agreements are needed?
>
>No.

You are right.

>>How would this be enforced, and what gain would accrue from enforcing it?
>
>You cannot enforce this, so no benefit is gained.

Gaiji characters will cause problems if they are used without private agreements.  I would propose to introduce something like this:

	The private areas can not be used without some additional agreements 
	on their usage by the author and the recipients,
	especially when XML is used over the Internet.

Makoto
 
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