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Re: C.5 hexadecimal character references?

From: David G. Durand <dgd@cs.bu.edu>
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 1996 22:53:57 -0400
Message-Id: <v02130513ae8c9cae5c47@[]>
To: W3C SGML Working Group <w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org>
At 1:20 PM 10/17/96, Michael Sperberg-McQueen wrote:
>On 23 October 1996, the ERB will vote to decide the following
>question.  A straw poll indicates the question needs further
>discussion in the work group.
>C.5 if XML uses ISO 10646, should there be a special form of
>character reference using hexadecimal, not decimal, numbers, since
>most references to ISO 10646 and Unicode use hex, not decimal (9.5)?

The function character solution proposed by Gavin, I think, is perfect.
Either that or a special set of predeclared entities: but case-sensitivity
gets you in trouble there.

We need an easy way to do this, and unless we're going to give away hex
calculators to every user, they should be able to use hex. I suppose
another possiblity would be to use a 2-level lexer like Java does, but
that's not easy to understand.

   -- David

RE delenda est.

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