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Non-English languages in XSLT, XML Schema grammars

From: Ramkumar Menon <ramkumar.menon@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2008 12:17:37 -0700
Message-ID: <22bb8a4e0804181217i4ec02d4bv6385394f2476c0fc@mail.gmail.com>
To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org, xmlschema-dev@w3.org, xsl-list@lists.mulberrytech.com

I had a question. Why is it that languages like XML Schema, XSLT etc allow
only English in the element and attribute names ?  I am not referring to the
content, but the actual elements and attributes defined by the grammar.
i.e.  <schema>, <template>, <call-template>, <for-each>, <element>,
<attribute> etc....
Does it make any sense at all to allow these grammars itself to support
writing schemas/xslts etc in local languages.

Any designer tool can then interpret the text as per the character encoding
specified in the document declaration and render it according to the
locale/language preferences.

I know I am missing something very fundamental.


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Pop up, push down, byte, byte, byte!

-Ramkumar Menon
A typical Macroprocessor
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