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Re: Pencil and Paper / Reduced UTF-8

From: Gannon Dick <gannon_dick@yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2013 13:37:00 -0800 (PST)
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To: "eGov IG \(Public\)" <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
A prototype jsonp* based web service which delivers the rarely used mnemonic HTML entities and their Unicode equivalents is at :


Try as I might, I cannot make it work in IE, but Firefox is fine.

My motivation is the creation of "Fail-Safe" or "Tearsheet" Text descriptions of Application Data with multiple Government and Public network sources.  These aggregations are vital to the (easy) reuse of State and Local eGov Apps.

I made two examples, cleverly called ./gateway-eg1.xml and ./gateway-eg2.xml. The transform to HTML is ./egov-app2html.xsl and the result files are ./gateway-eg1.html & ./gateway-eg2.html (same "penserv" directory).

This is not "Linked Data".  My intention is just the opposite, to insure that an Application, when ported from one Region to another maintains performance.


* The US Census API delivers JSONP -"Padded JSON".

 From: Gannon Dick <gannon_dick@yahoo.com>
To: eGov IG (Public) <public-egov-ig@w3.org> 
Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2012 1:36 PM
Subject: Pencil and Paper / Reduced UTF-8

The list of HTML Entities is very long and many of the character table entries find little use in the US.  In any event, the HTML Entities have been superceeded by Unicodes.  Some characters, and combinations still need "extra" data to make sense in a diverse Public Sector + Private Sector ecosystem.  On a Regional and Community level, shared data often comes in the form of subsets of large federalized sets, and there is no good reason to redefine the point names of the data, but rather to just describe, in plain text, the new subset and perhaps the URI source.

This scheme, or something like it will do that job.  http://tinyurl.com/reduced-charset

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