Re: those predeclared entity refs
| > Objection 3:
| > The names quot, amp, apos, lt, and gt are significantly easier to
| > remember than the corresponding numeric forms.
| > Response:
| > Easier for people whose native language is other than English,
| > i.e., most of humanity? I don't think so.
| For those who know HTML, or almost any SGML DTD, they are. Besides, it is a
| false dichtomy: those more comfortable with numbers can use numbers.
The number of people who are familiar with *anything* now is
insignificant compared to the number of people who will be working
with these languages five years from now.
| > In return for not predefining character entities we get the following
| > benefits:
| > 1. Language neutrality.
| Overrated. What's the Japanese for "<!ELEMENT" and why did we choose not to
| allow it? Why not redefine that to a number also? <!23 gi (#43)+>
Apples and oranges. "<!ELEMENT" occurs n times per DTD; & occurs
m times per instance. Remember that XML is designed primarily for
delivery; the typical delivery scenario is one in which there is no
DTD at all.