Re: partial draft: "Character Set" Considered Harmful

Dan Connolly (
Sun, 9 Apr 95 11:38:48 EDT

Gavin Nicol writes:

> is much more sophisticated, and offers much better support
> for the standard SGML mechanisms.

I maintain that my model is internally consistent and sufficiently
expressive for both cases, and not observably different from the
way HTML 2.0 has worked for some time.

> 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.

> I will reply at length in the next day or so.

We shall see...