Re: Parsing < and <

Peter Flynn (
Fri, 21 Apr 95 01:09:40 EDT

Is there any difference between &#60 and < etc. in current html 2.0
spec? I can't seem to find a authoritative answer.

My understanding (as far as HTML is concerned) was that &#nnn; was
only for use in cases where a character entity did not already exist,
as for example © in most browsers until recently. The need to use
< etc should therefore not arise, but I see quite a lot of people
using the numeric values in cases where agreed character entities do
exist: can someone summarise the reasons for this?