Martin Bryan mtbryan at
Wed Jan 28 08:23:32 GMT 1998

>Show me one product that complies fully with the XML specification and
>I'll show you one that supports €.  I fully understand that
>€ will work on platform-dependent systems like broken HTML
>browsers.  But this is the XML developers' list, and I don't want
>anyone without your history of experience to get confused by your
>unqualified statement.

My statement was very much qualified, hence your justifiable complaint about
my suggesting platform dependent solutions.
>For the same reason, I wince whenever anyone mentions CONREF, SDATA,
>or minimization on this list.  I gave a talk last April to the SGML
>Forum of New York on what XML wasn't, from an SGML point of view.
>Most of the people in the room were happy.  There was one poor fellow
>who was new to SGML, who was terrified by how complex XML seemed.  If
>we can keep discussions to what XML *is*, or at least carefully
>qualify any statements about what it isn't, and only use those for
>contrast, there will be much less danger of confusion for newcomers.

Agreed, I apologise for muddying the waters unnecessarily. Lets stick to
<!ENTITY euro "&#20ac;">
even if this hasn't yet been formally approved by the relevant ISO committee
as the
code point for the Euro (developers be warned)

Martin Bryan

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