Re: Entities

Murray Maloney (murray@sco.COM)
Thu, 22 Sep 94 10:32:39 EDT

> Leaving the partial set in provides a guide as to what's actually
> supported now (the point of 2.0). But the doc could give the
> whole list, and a future revision could eliminate all character
> entities in the DTD in favor of a reference to the ISO set.

See my documents (I will post within hours) and see if you
agree with the way that I have done it.
> On the other hand, Mosaic recognizes the named references
> (é) as well as the character entity forms (é); I
> know Dan thought it cleaner design to use the character entities,
> but they'll go away eventually. We could simply give a short
> set drawn from the standard file without the character entities
> at all. Mapping from the entity names to local characters is
> the responsibility of the browser.

While that should be true, it is not. Because we are hardwired
to 8859-1, all named character entities (é) map directly
to numeric character positions. I think that we should expect
that to change in HTML 2.1 or later.
> So, yes, it looks odd, but it could just as well stay as it is
> for 2.0, I think.
> Regards,
> --
> Terry Allen ( Editor, Digital Media Group
> O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. Sebastopol, Calif., 95472


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