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Re: Characters, entities and references

From: Najib Tounsi <ntounsi@emi.ac.ma>
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2008 22:48:42 +0000
Message-ID: <47ED75CA.8080706@emi.ac.ma>
To: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>
CC: public-i18n-core@w3.org

Richard Ishida wrote:
> Folks,
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> I did a quick summary of how XML, HTML4 and HTML5 spec refer to &#xA0; &#160; and &nsbp; constructs at http://rishida.net/blog/?page_id=147
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> The most worrying thing is that HTML5 is creating a whole new set of names for these things.  So that we have a chance of being understood in the future when talking about these constructs in reviews, guidelines or talks, I propose we write to them and ask them to rename things as follows:
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> Character entity references -> character references OR character escapes
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> Named entities -> character entity references
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> Decimal numeric entities -> decimal numeric character references
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> Hexadecimal numeric entities -> hexadecimal numeric character references
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> Does everyone agree?
>   

Yes.
Although, *for short*, I would say for the last two:
{decimal , hexadecimal} character references
since, decimal / hexadecimal imply numeric.

Najib
> Perhaps we should even establish some guidelines for naming these things in specs in general.
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