A heavier-weight proposal for character entity definition
I posted this first in May of 2001. I think it's worth looking at a somewhat more heavy-weight approach to defining character entities, since maintaining and distributing entity libraries is going to be an important part of the use of XML going forward if we get this right. So I'd like to at least look at what a real XML document type for character entity definition might look like. Here's one attempt. <?xml version='1.0'?> <characters xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2001/05/Character" xmlns:xhtml="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <xhtml:p>A sample of proposed character entity definition file format</xhtml:p> <character name="copyright" code="169"/> <character name="registered" code="174"> <xhtml:p>Individual characters can <xhtml:em>also</xhtml:em> have documentation</xhtml:p> </character> <character name="eacute" code="xC9"/> <character name="bullet" code="x2022" source="http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U2000.pdf"/> </characters> There's a tentative W3C XML Schema schema document for this document type attached below. It calls out the following issues: 1) Should there be an <include> element to allow multiple documents to be combined? (tentative answer - yes) 2) Should this be a full general entity mechanism with a value be allowed to be any string? (tentative answer - no) 3) Should there be explicit support for documentation, e.g. via <xs:any>? (Tentative answer - yes, XML processors would of course ignore it) 4) Should the 'source' attribute be required? (tentative answer - no)? There's obviously a fifth issue -- how to connect individual instances to entity libraries? An xml:charents attribute works for me, but others may have other ideas. ht
-- Henry S. Thompson, HCRC Language Technology Group, University of Edinburgh W3C Fellow 1999--2001, part-time member of W3C Team 2 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh EH8 9LW, SCOTLAND -- (44) 131 650-4440 Fax: (44) 131 650-4587, e-mail: ht@c... URL: http://www.ltg.ed.ac.uk/~ht/
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