Re: Small Bugs in ISO Characters in HTML Spec?

Daniel W. Connolly (
Tue, 10 Jan 95 00:21:23 EST

Preface: I'm a minimalist. All these nit editing bugs in COMPLETELY
REDUNDANT parts of the HTML document are getting me down.

In message <>, John C. Mallery writes
>on page 46, &#94; is not listed. Should this be the character "^" ?

Yes, per ISO-646-IRV, character 94 is '^'. If we just cited that
as a normative reference, we wouldn't have to maintain this stuff.
But we do...

>on page 48, &#227; and &#228; have the same description string.
>It would be better if there were differences in in these strings
>so that programs can create standardized terms from them within

Again, this comes straing from ISO8559-1. Well.. the description
strings come from
"ISO 8879-1986//ENTITIES Added Latin 1//EN"

But my copy at


<!ENTITY atilde CDATA "&#227;" -- small a, tilde -->
<!ENTITY auml CDATA "&#228;" -- small a, dieresis or umlaut mark -->

so page 48 is wrong, I guess.