SML and I18N

MURATA Makoto murata.makoto at
Wed Dec 8 04:55:05 GMT 1999

Rick Jelliffe wrote:
>Where I am, here in Taiwan, the main question people ask is "how do I 
>represent a document in Big5 in XML?". So moving to ASCII or even to 
>only UTF-8 will make SML into a US-only or Western-only language. The 
>simplifications proposed so far seem a gigantic step backwards away from 
>a "World Wide Web" and back 20 (or even 5?) years to a world where rich 
>white countries developed technology which created a technological poverty 
>in non-Western countries. 

I am totally against weakening I18N of XML 1.0.  Even 1% trim down is 
absolutely completely unacceptable to me.  Legacy encodings, natural language 
markup, the xml:lang attribute, encoding declarations, the charset parameter, 
and numeric character references must be preserved.  If SML omits any of them, 
SML is not for the World Wide Web.  

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