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Re: ERB discussions and decisions: entities

From: James Clark <jjc@jclark.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 1996 19:26:35 +0000
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To: lee@sq.com
Cc: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
At 20:53 14/11/96 EST, lee@sq.com wrote:
>> To the lasting disappointment of the humorists among
>> us, the name squot was dropped in favor of apos, which occurs in 8879
>> Annex D, set ISOnum, as do the others.
>Note that &quot; is a single quote, which does not occur in ASCII.

quot is defined as in 8879 as quotation mark, which is ISO standard name for
the ASCII " character. HTML also defines quot as the ASCII " character.

>I am very pleased with the decision to reduce the list of predefined
>entities to a manageable number.  I'm not actually sure why any beyong
>&lt; and &amp; are needed, although &gt; is good for symmetry.

gt is included because ]]> is recognized even outside marked sections.

>The current situation is so much of an improvement that it seems almost
>churlish to ask this, but why is &apos; included when it is not
>recognised in plain text?

apos and quot are included for escaping LIT and LITA in literals.

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