Re: Characters in attribute values

Peter Flynn (
13 Aug 1997 20:35:38 +0100

Date: 13 Aug 1997 20:35:38 +0100
From: Peter Flynn <>
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Subject: Re: Characters in attribute values

Holger Wahlen writes:

   I've had a look at the SGML declaration in the HTML 4 draft
   and noticed the following:

		     UCNMSTRT ""
		     LCNMCHAR ".-"    -- ?include "~/_" for URLs? --
		     UCNMCHAR ".-"

   So, how about that idea? Maybe ":" should be included as well
   then, though, for dealing with absolute URLs. (Perhaps "."
   and "/" could even be allowed as start characters too?) Would
   such constructions cause any problems, for certain older
   browsers or in some other regard?

I'm not clear what use this is. SGML names are for things like naming
elements or ID/IDREF values, not for URLs. Have you got an example of 
where you'd use them in this way? I agree a wider choice of characters
would be nice for names, but I'm not clear where URLs come into it.