Re: ISO/IEC 10646 as Document Character Set

Glenn Adams (
Mon, 1 May 95 09:31:17 EDT

Date: Mon, 1 May 1995 01:16:34 -0400
From: Gavin Nicol <>

>1. changing the doc charset to 10646 doesn't have any implications on
>currently deployed browsers, etc.; that is, it doesn't invalidate any
>current practice (other than the current hodge-podge of usage re: numeric
>char refs -- which is broken in any case).

Well, as the mapping from document character set to system character
set is not specified in SGML, and hence, is system dependent, I think
most current practices, even numeric character references, are legal
with a document character set of ISO 10646.

No, numeric character references *are* broken if they are used in
reference to the system character set rather than the document character
set. The standard is quite clear on this.