My instincts tell me that the elf's resistance kicks in whenever a spell that creates a sleep or charm effect is cast upon them. However, a few in my gaming group insist that the elven reistance applies to all enchantment/charm spells, which I find quite overpowered. I looked at PHB 1e to see the origins of this ability and it is stated that elves gain this resistance "on sleep and charm spells". This, from what I can tell, limits the elven resistance to two particular spells.Elven characters have 90% resistance to sleep and all charm-related spells.
Has there been any official ruling on this matter?
Another issue, albeit a minor one, is that elves gain +1 on their attack rolls when wielding shortswords, longswords, and bows. Not having proficiencies, this ability for an elven mage or cleric would be redudant, since they aren't allowed to use such weapons. Would someone rule out that elves are proficient in those weapons, even if their class does not allow them to use?