Re: partial draft: "Character Set" Considered Harmful

Gavin Nicol (
Tue, 11 Apr 95 04:42:12 EDT

> 2 When a document is translated to a different document character
> set, the character number of each numeric character reference must
> be changed to the corresponding character number of the new set.

Glenn is correct is his understanding of how numeric character
references are resolved. The above however, does *not* say that the
system must change the character numbers.

As Albert noted, having a single document (coded) character set allows
one to do blind translation without needing to parse the document to
find, and fix, all the numeric character references. I will leave it
to others to judge the value of that.