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RE: Some comments on the 1.1 draft

  • To: <michael.h.kay@n...>,"Richard Tobin" <richard@c...>,<xml-dev@l...>
  • Subject: RE: Some comments on the 1.1 draft
  • From: "Joshua Allen" <joshuaa@m...>
  • Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2001 11:21:10 -0800
  • Thread-index: AcGG2V/tQHmdCjDVSRC3xKN/9IHXjgAVefEA
  • Thread-topic: Some comments on the 1.1 draft

RE:  Some comments on the 1.1 draft
> and hopefully, as characters in our email

I don't think technology will block that so much as the curmudgeonly people who flame anyone who dares send e-mail in such new-fangled encodings as HTML.  If we have had HTML for ten years and people still get scorched for sending it in e-mail, I don't have very high hopes for any further evolution in e-mail encoding capabilities.  Even in 2007, when the majority of the Internet communicates in Chinese utf-16, I bet Western Europe will still be arguing about whether or not e-mail should allow XML.

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Kay [mailto:michael.h.kay@n...] 
Sent: Monday, December 17, 2001 12:58 AM
To: 'Richard Tobin'; xml-dev@l...
Subject: RE:  Some comments on the 1.1 draft

> XPath and probably some other languages rely on digits not being
> name starts for their tokenizing.  Compare a[b] and a[1].
>
> I think it would be a mistake to change the name-start status of any
> of the standard ASCII characters.
>
I have been looking forward to the day when we could break away from the ASCII legacy and start using characters such as
 §, ¬, Ã?, ÷, â??, and â?©
as operators in our programming languages (and hopefully, as characters in our email). I hope XML 1.1 will not kill these hopes.
Mike Kay

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