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

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 8 May 2008 23:08:47 +0000 (UTC)
To: Simon Pieters <zcorpan@gmail.com>, Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>, Mike Brown <mike@skew.org>, David Håsäther <hasather@gmail.com>, Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
Cc: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0805082307460.23610@hixie.dreamhostps.com>


Along with a number of other e-mails on the thread, Lachlan wrote:
> 
> I object to the use of the term entities on the grounds that entities are very
> specific things in SGML and XML, and they are still used for XML today.  I
> don't think the spec should promote the misuse of terms.
> 
> I think all 3 types should be called character references.  If there is a need
> to distinguish between them, then you qualify the terms using using the
> appropriate prefix from this list:
> 
> * Character Reference (all types)
>   * Named Character Reference (&nbsp;)
>   * Numeric Character Reference (both types)
>     - Hex Character Reference (&#xA0;)
>     - Decimal Character Reference (&#160;)

I've made that change.

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