Re: those predeclared entity refs
| > The number of people who are familiar with *anything* now is
| > insignificant compared to the number of people who will be working
| > with these languages five years from now.
| If current trends continue, the majority of them will be English
| speakers, though not necessarily native English speakers.
Your estimate of the future proportion of non-English-speaking
Internet users differs significantly from mine.
| Anyhow, five years from now is a LONG TIME. What do we know about five
| years from now: do they still edit XML text by hand?
| Do they still use a few, standard DTDs, written in English?
| Do people write their own DTDs in their own languages
They invent tags in their own languages. Most of them don't know what
a DTD is and don't care.
| but continue to use the < and > conventions because they are so
Depends on what we decide.
| Did Unicode actually take off?
If it didn't, we're toast. The XML character set is based on the
assumption that Unicode takes off.
| Are programmers the only people who see "raw" XML code?
No. But with few exceptions they will be the only ones who need to
put in a character entity by hand.