Re: New work item for XML group ? (Re: Comments on 31 March spec)
Dave Peterson wrote:
A question we need to address is: "What should an XML system do
presented with a numeric character reference for a character for
it has no internal representation?"
I think all proper XML systems should be 16-bit. If a system can only
characters, it is not world-ready, and should not be of interest to this
group. Let the dead bury the dead.
(This is not not to say that 8-bit SGML tools will not be useful for
processing and generating
Western XML documents; merely that they only work partially, on a subset
of possible XML documents.)
A second question we should be asking is: "Should XML permit
character references using non-SGML (i.e., undefined in the document
character set parameter) character numbers?" This determines just
one should write the document character set parameter for XML's SGML
What is the status of the SGML declaration of the XML 1.0 draft?
I think it should be the exemplar declaration, and every creator of an
XML document should be able to assume that every good XML system