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Re: suggestions for XML Schema 20010330

From: Henry S. Thompson <ht@cogsci.ed.ac.uk>
Date: 12 Apr 2001 12:09:03 +0100
To: Susan Lesch <lesch@w3.org>
Cc: www-xml-schema-comments@w3.org
Message-ID: <f5br8yyl6i8.fsf@cogsci.ed.ac.uk>
Susan Lesch <lesch@w3.org> writes:

> These are minor suggestions for the XML Schema Proposed Recommendation
> [1,2,3].

Thanks for all your helpful input.

> Is it possible to use the same colors in all three parts? #bedce6, the
> table background color used in Parts 0 and 2 looks nice with W3C's
> style sheet but turns light purple in 8-bit. #e6eff4 would give much
> the same effect and turns gray in 8-bit. Or, use #80ffff like Part 1 or
> #99ffff as some XML-related W3C specs do.
> 
> components.jpg in Part 1 is 272k. Instead of a JPEG, what about PNG
> and GIF (112k)?
> 
> I am told that hex is more widely supported than rgb. For example,
>      .termdef {color: rgb(133,0,033)}
> could read:
>      .termdef {color: #850021}

Will do.

> The chevron or "left-pointing double angle quotation mark" formerly
> known as the left pointing guillemet, is a quotation mark rather than
> an arrow sign, from what little I know. In Part 1, could you use
> triangular GIFs and PNGs for arrows? For an example in a W3C
> Recommendation, see http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT/#Guidelines .
> 
> <a href="#key-sampledef" class="termref"><span
> class="arrow">&#9654;</span>term</a> is apparently intended to yield an
> arrow prefixing each term. With no special fonts installed I see:
> 
> IE 5.5            Windows ME*    missing character box
> NS 6.01           Windows ME*    missing character box
> Amaya 4.3.2       Red Hat 6.1*   question mark
> iCab 2.4          Mac OS 9.0.4   cent sign _plus_ a
>                                     Latin small letter f with hook?
> NS 6.01           Mac OS 9.0.4   question mark
> NS 4.77           Mac OS 9.0.4   question mark
> Opera 5.0tp2.278  Mac OS 9.0.4   question mark
> IE 3.01a          Mac OS 9.0.4   curved stem paragraph sign or a pilcrow**
> IE 4.01 and 4.5   Mac OS 9.0.4   question mark
> IE 5.0            Mac OS 9.0.4   curved stem paragraph sign or a pilcrow**
> Mozilla 0.8.1     Mac OS 9.1     question mark
> iCab 2.4          Mac OS 9.1     green "black right-pointing triangle"!
> OmniWeb 4.0cf3    Mac OS X       green "black right-pointing triangle"!
>                   *in emulation  **sometimes a question mark
> 
> Is it possible to use a Latin 1 encoding rather than UTF-8, and a
> character instead of &#9654; that most browsers can render (perhaps
> &middot;) or skip the symbol prefix altogether?

The prefix in my view is important, but I'm happy to explore using
other characters.  I switched to characters here and for the << >>
section shifters because it turned out that using arrow gifs here
breaks Netscape-4.7x on UN*X very badly.

> The parts need to be broken into chapters for people who need them,
> with the one page version offered as an option for people who want it.

I'll try.

ht
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