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[docbook] Re: Switch to W3C/ISO character entity sets

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/ Bob Stayton <> 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,

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