Re: format nego in HTML/10646?

Albert Lunde (
Sun, 7 May 95 23:21:01 EDT

> Right. And if 10646 is to become the doc charset, those will be
> valid charrefs. Fine. I just want to know how I can tell from
> the charset parameter whether I have fonts for all the characters
> in the doc. Certainly if the value is iso-2022-jp that's a strong
> indication that the doc could be rendered with fonts for Japanese,
> but then again anything might be in there via numerical charrefs.

I think this is an issue we should not try to solve for 2.0, but
put off to an internationization document.

It does seem like the MIME/HTTP charset and maybe language
information are going to be proxies for some other things,
unless we make the format negotiation more complex.

A natural interpretation to make is that you won't use
numerical character references outside the MIME charset.

But if that's the case, why use numeric references at all?

And what if someone wants to serve up Japanese (or multilingual)
documents encoded in US-ASCII with numeric references?

We may have to say that some situations require full Unicode
font support to display. But let's not solve that today.

    Albert Lunde