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Re: XHTML2 MIME type

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Sun, 18 May 2003 13:52:04 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200305181252.h4ICq5q05361@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org

> If you think they are useless, would you accept not declaring any 
> character entities in the presumably upcoming XHTML 2 DTD?

I don't think they are useless, because I don't agree with your hypothesis.
If I did, I would want & type named entities removed from the XML specification.
It's not then strictly necessary to say that numeric character references
must be used to represent < etc., but a non-normative note to that effect
might be advisable.

Including a whole syntactic construct, with a significant amount of 
supporting text, only to be used for 4, redundant, special cases, 
doesn't make sense.  (On that ground alone, I use the legal document
construction rule that every word has a meaning, to infer that named
entities can be used in XML applications.)

It seems to me that the problem here is ambiguous wording in the XML
specification, rather than an intent to remove named entities.

On the other hand, it would not cause me much hardship to remove named
entities, as most of the characters I want to use that are not 
ISO 8859/1 are not named.
Received on Sunday, 18 May 2003 09:27:34 GMT

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