First draft of proposed XML TC for Unicode 3.0 (unofficial)

MURATA Makoto murata.makoto at
Fri Sep 17 16:18:05 BST 1999

John Cowan writes:

>This is version 0.1 of a proposed technical corrigendum to XML 1.0
>to incorporate the new characters of Unicode 3.0 into the allowable
>sets used in XML Names.  It presumes that XML should not
>remain limited to an obsolete version of the Unicode and ISO 10646

I love the idea.  This is certainly a great improvement.

I have one question.  Is U+30FB (Katakana Middle Dot) a name character 
in Unicode 3.0?  I had a look at the WWW site of the Unicode Consortium, 
but I could not find any information about it.

Omission of this character in Unicode (and thus XML) is very serious.  This 
character is so common.  It is a very bad error of Unicode nameing rule.  
In a meeting of Japanese Standardization Association, I was asked why this 
character is not allowed as a name character in XML.  Some users asked the 
same question in an XML mailing list in Japan.  This character is needed 
very very badly.

I have spoken with some members of UTC and repeatedly asked them to make this 
change.  But I am still not sure if Unicode 3.0 allows this character as a 
name character. 

The second version of ISO TR 10176:1998 (Guideline for preparation of programming 
language) also has a rule for name characters.  This rule allows U+30FB as a 
name character.

In the property list of Unicode, U+30FB is classified as hyphens.  

Property dump for: 0x20000800 (Hyphen)

2010..2011  (2 chars)

If we cannot handle U+30FB as an exception, we can allow all these characters 
except FE63, FF0D, FF65.

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