I haven't worked with the XML/SGML editor in WP9 or with TEI long enough to
know all of their ins and outs, so I doubt I can help a lot, but here are a
couple of notes. WP stores special characters in its own (legacy) font
sets, and so it has to convert characters into Unicode. So far, as you
and Rafal have seen, not all characters are supported yet. When working in
the XML/SGML editor, hit Ctrl-W for the character list: the characters that
WP9 can translate into Unicode show up in red, the rest in black. So at
least you can see the unsupported characters. (Unicodable <?> characters
don't display in red in the regular WP editor. The different character
sets are accessible from the dropdown button.) WP9 does not restrict one
to UTF-8 -- one can also use UTF-16 Big Endian or UTF-16 Little Endian (you
should be able to choose when you do your first save, or try Save As).
Also, instead of replacing characters with entity strings, if you haven't
already then you might experiment with replacing them in WP with not-quite
entity strings, e.g. "???agrave;" and then, once in the XML editor,
replacing the "???" with "&".
I would still try the newsgroup -- it's not very active, but people with
heavy WP9 XML experience are listening.
Hope that helps a bit. I'm also at Yale, so if you like we can try
wrestling with this a little.
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