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Re: HTML 5 removed "numeric character reference" term - why?

From: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2007 11:37:11 +0200
To: "Mike Brown" <mike@skew.org>
Cc: David Håsäther <hasather@gmail.com>, "Ian Hickson" <ian@hixie.ch>, public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.tue6b9x664w2qv@annevk-t60.oslo.opera.com>

On Sat, 23 Jun 2007 23:10:14 +0200, Mike Brown <mike@skew.org> wrote:
> Anne van Kesteren wrote:
>> On the other hand, everyone is using the term entities already. What's  
>> so wrong with that in the context of HTML?
> I understand this point of view, I mean it's difficult to get people to  
> even append "reference" to "entity" and distinguish between those  
> concepts, let alone differentiate entities from characters. Another  
> example might be the terms URL, URI, and URI reference.
> However, "everyone is using the term entities already" also sounds a lot  
> like "Everyone is using <font> already. Let's just put it in HTML 3", or  
> perhaps "No one reads the specs, so it doesn't matter what goes in this  
> one".

There is some harm in people using <font> for marking up headers and such.  
I'm not sure what the harm is in calling these things entities. However, I  
don't really feel strongly either way.

Anne van Kesteren
Received on Sunday, 24 June 2007 09:37:21 UTC

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