Re: progress on HTML 2.0 reconstruction

Gavin Nicol (
Mon, 3 Apr 95 11:06:51 EDT

>> why not simply forbid numeric character references in documents not
>> encoded in Latin-1, as a stopgap measure? I don't think that would
>> break with current practice, so it should be acceptable.
>This is an acceptable way out of the quandry over numeric character
>entity reference use conflicting with 'charset' parameters.

This is unacceptable as it will break a lot of browsers (or rather,
render them illegal). For the moment, people will just have to put up
with the fact that if they use numeric character references, the
results may, or may not, look the same in all browsers.

The standard entity set defined in HTML 2.0 is fine: systems with
other character sets can simply provide an entity set declaration that
matches that defined for ISO 8859-1.