Re: Parsing < and <

Larry Masinter (
Sat, 22 Apr 95 17:11:26 EDT

> Four characters are used for markup and thus might be misinterpreted in
> some contexts: < > " & So you need a way to insert these special characters
> such that they are not treated as markup. Named entities is that way.

> The numerical references, though, are just the same as typing in the actual
> characters. You would only use &#60; &#62; if, for example, your keyboard
> did not have the < > characters (which would be a royal pain for hand
> editing HTML!)

A recent quote from the SGML standard (from Glenn) seems to contradict
this assertion. Please check your facts.