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CharMod document has conflicting requirements that jam W3C process!

From: John Cowan <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2001 12:14:34 -0500
Message-ID: <3C221C7A.9070803@reutershealth.com>
To: www-i18n-comments@w3.org
Section 2 of the Character Model, 2001-12-20 draft, says:

	[S] If a existing W3C specification does not conform
	to the requirements in this document, then the
	next version of that specification MUST be modified
	in order to conform.

Section 4.3 says:

	[S] In specifications of markup languages, syntax-
	significant characters MUST be chosen that do not
	combine with any other characters in NFC [...].

Since "<" and ">" do combine with the infamous U+0338, these
two requirements taken jointly imply that no new versions
of HTML-based or XML-based Recommendations may issue unless other
characters are substituted in element tags.

This result cannot be intended!

Either the requirement in 4.3 should be weakened, or XML/HTML
syntax should be explicitly grandfathered despite the
known problems.

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