[SML] Preliminary EBNF for SML

David Carlisle davidc at nag.co.uk
Fri Nov 26 12:45:49 GMT 1999

Name ::= NameStart (NameChar)*
NameStart ::= [a-zA-Z] | '_' | ':'
NameChar ::= NameStart | [0-9] | '.' | '-'

Given all the work that's currently going on to internationalise the web
(and computing in general) and remove historic English bias, is it
really politically or culturally acceptable to restrict element names to
the English alphabet? If SML is only for English you could restrict the
character data to be ascii as well to save on processing utf8
characters.  If it isn't only for English then the above would
presumably be one of many SML, SML-EN, and you would expect to see
similar variants allowing element names in French or Russian, or


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