Re: Objections to draft-ietf-html-spec-01.txt

Gavin Nicol (
Tue, 21 Mar 95 21:21:18 EST

>ERCS SGML decls? For example, if I use an ERCS SGML decl that
>specifies Chinese characters in NAMING, would that enable me to
>create tags like <!@#$%^> where !@#$%^ is in some Chinese charset

I thought I was the *only* ERCS advocate here...

Anyway, it would allow the above. More importantly, it allows Chinese
to be use in attribute values, and it also provide a common way for
defining the mapping of numeric character entities.

ERCS provides a framework for treating many languages
as equals, and while it is somewhat biased toward allowing
native-language markup (as in the above), it will also provide
benefits to fixed-tag cases like HTML. It is not perfect, but it's a
good 98% solution.

I believe you know all this though...

Anyway, I guess everyone here is tired of hyperbole. My revised paper
contains little hyperbole, much discussion, and some conclusions and
recommendations. I'd appreciate the chance to get it finished, and to
send it out, before we discuss this. It should provide a good, solid
base for rational discussion.