Re: XML and ISO 10646 planes beyond the BMP

From: Misha Wolf (
Date: Sun Aug 17 1997 - 14:39:15 EDT

Christian Wittern wrote:

> I'm not an SGML expert, but in the SGML-Handbook, on p346 numbers are
> introduced as a special case of a name token. On p 347 it is stated
> explicitly stated that the length of numbers thus is limited by the
> NAMELEN, which defaults to 8, but can be overriden (and usually is)
> in the SGML-declaration. So where is the problem?

I too am not an SGML expert. Liam Quinn, who (I believe) is, wrote
that numbers in the SGML Declaration itself are limited to 8 digits,
but numbers in a document are not. Liam wrote:

| Within the document, the SGML NAMELEN has been raised, so larger
| numbers can be used. The 8-digit limit is only within the SGML
| declaration.

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