Unicode surrogate block in XML?

Paul W. Abrahams abrahams at valinet.com
Fri Sep 17 00:06:56 BST 1999

The XML 1.0 spec explicitly excludes the Unicode surrogate characters
from XML documents (production 2).  It now seems, from information
I've picked up on the Unicode web site, that surrogate characters are
likely to play a more important role in the future, since the
available 16-bit characters are almost all used up.  (Unicode 2.0 has
18,134 spares but Unicode 3.0 has only 7827 spares.  The trend is

Is any thought being given in W3C to allowing surrogate characters in
XML documents?

Paul Abrahams

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