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Re: Comments on CSS3 Fonts module

From: Peter Sheerin <pete@petesguide.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2002 08:36:51 -0700
Message-ID: <000301c27077$8ee8b630$8810960a@cadpkslaptop>
To: "Ian Hickson" <ian@hixie.ch>, <www-style@w3.org>

> > Also, the set of characters specified in the current HTML DTDs is
> > not really sufficient to display many important characters, [...]
>
> HTML4 references ISO10646 which means it has every UNICODE character.
> Ditto XML. Do you want HTML to have actual _named entities_ for all
> 16000+ characters? That simply doesn't scale.

This is true, but some method is needed for specifying the minimum set of
characters that UAs should (must?) be able to render. To leave it to the whim of
the UA if characters such as "zero-width no-break space", "non-breaking hyphen",
and "LATIN SMALL LETTER SCHWA", and other special characters are handled are not
severly restricts the quality and accuracy of text that authors can use.

What do you think the best way of dealing with this would be? A w3c note about
which ranges in Unicode should be supported by UAs? A similar addition to the
XHTML 2.0 spec? Or adding named entities for a limited range of additional
characters (math, dingbats, IPA, etc.)?
Received on Thursday, 10 October 2002 12:11:33 GMT

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