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Re: A misuse of the term "character" in REC-html40

From: Misha Wolf <misha.wolf@reuters.com>
Date: Thu, 20 May 1999 20:03:07 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <199905201920.PAA27029@www10.w3.org>
To: w3c i18n ig <w3c-i18n-ig@w3.org>
Cc: www html editor <www-html-editor@w3.org>
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> Editors,
> The term "character" looks misused in the following sentence.
>    The META declaration must only be used when the character encoding
>    is organized such that ASCII characters stand for themselves (at
>    least until the META element is parsed).
>    (5.2.2 Specifying the character encoding)
> I believe that the intention of this sentence is that it is okay when
> the received *octets* (not characters) stand for ASCII characters.
> The sentence mentioning the same issue in RFC 2070 seems more exact
> than HTML 4.0.  It says:
>    This is not foolproof, but will work if the encoding scheme is such
>    that ASCII-valued octets stand for ASCII characters only at least
>    until the META element is parsed.
> So I consider the word "ASCII characters" of the HTML 4.0 spec quoted
> above to be replaced with "ASCII-valued octets".
> Regards,
> Yano Keisuke
> yano@moon.email.ne.jp

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