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[docbook] Re: Switch to W3C/ISO character entity sets
- From: Norman Walsh <ndw at nwalsh dot com>
- To: Bob Stayton <bobs at sco dot com>
- Cc: Jirka Kosek <jirka at kosek dot cz>, docbook at lists dot oasis-open dot org, David Carlisle <davidc at nag dot co dot uk>
- Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2003 19:22:11 -0500
- Subject: [docbook] Re: Switch to W3C/ISO character entity sets
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/ Bob Stayton <email@example.com> was heard to say:
| On Wed, Oct 29, 2003 at 10:48:31PM +0100, Jirka Kosek wrote:
|> > I propose that we cease distribution of our own set of entities in the
|> > next release of DocBook (specifically, V4.3b6 and beyond) and point
|> > instead to the W3C/ISO sets.
|> I agree that DocBook TC should not take care about maintaining entity
|> sets. But on the other hand I think that up-to-date snapshot of W3C/ISO
|> entities should be distributed as a part of the DocBook DTD distribution
|> for easier use. In that case using relative system identifiers will be
|> fine and will work even without catalog support.
| I agree with Jirka. In addition to the convenience
| factor, there is the issue of maintaining the
| integrity of the DocBook standard. The entities
But we never distributed the entity sets for the SGML DTD.
If a public set had been available when we started the XML DTD, I
don't think we would ever have distributed them for XML either.
| are part of the DTD. Leaving the management
| of the entities to another organization means
| they can change entities independently of the DTD
| versioning. Then we will have the possibility
| of multiple DTDs that claim to be version 4.3.
| I think the DocBook TC should use the W3C/ISO entities
| as the input to the DocBook DTD, but include them
| and roll the minor version number when they change.
That might be the right thing to do, at least until the W3C/ISO
standardization is complete.
Be seeing you,
Norman Walsh <firstname.lastname@example.org> | To see the world in a grain of
http://www.oasis-open.org/docbook/ | sand,/And a heaven in a
Chair, DocBook Technical Committee | wildflower,/Hold infinity in the
| palm of your hand/and eternity for
| an hour.--William Blake
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