Re: Enhancements for HTML 2.1

Gavin Nicol (
Sun, 19 Mar 1995 11:58:05 -0500

I took a look at the ERCS (Extended Reference Concrete Syntax) page
>he posted, and it looks promising as a way to write SGML declarations
>for larger character sets. On the other hand it looks like
>ERCS is itself in draft status.

ERCS is gaining support rapidly (or at least, it appears so).

>It might make sense, if the working group agrees with the concept of
>using ERCS to support HTML over Unicode (and other character sets
>sufficently unlike Latin-1 that are subsets of Unicode), to try and
>put hooks for it in the main standard but write it up as another

We could even go as far as to promote the canonical ERCS declaration
as the "ideal", and then explain how current browsers fit in. I like
the RFC idea. Perhaps Rick and I should put one together?

>Has anyone actually looked at what Netscape is doing with character
>set support in their new version (I'm not in a position to judge the

>From what I've seen of the (patched) browsers here in Japan, they are
mostly following the Mosaic-L10N model.

>I'd suggest that a good critera for trying to put something
>in 2.1 is that it be modular and not drag in lots of side

Agreed. I think we can get away with using ERCS, provided we can
show how current usage maps into it (as a subset).