Re: partial draft: "Character Set" Considered Harmful

Gavin Nicol (
Sun, 9 Apr 95 22:58:16 EDT

>> Perhaps overspecification is the price to pay for generality. The price
>> you extract is incompatibility.
>"Sticks and stones." An unsubstantiated conjecture such as this isn't
>worth the electrons wasted to carry it.

Dan, I think you owe me an apology. The remark above is below you.

Your proposal will make it impossible to use numeric character
references without facing the risk of them having different meanings
in different browsers, and you do not offer a single set of entities
that cover most of the characters in use around the world today, so
you also do not offer an alternative. That is incompatibility at the
the most fundamental level of all: the character level.