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RE: Thorny one - representing greek letters and formulae in an english page

From: Jon Hanna <jon@spinsol.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2002 20:32:35 -0000
To: "wai-ig list" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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> Why? To what end? That is the question you always need to start
> with. What is the purpose of these greek letters?

Agreed. I'm not sure of the answer for all possible scenarios, but
Greek should be written in Greek, using either Unicode or a standard
Greek character set (if only because writing large amounts any other
way will drive you mad, so you'd need to write something to
transliterate for you).

If you do use entities be aware that some of the mathematical symbols
are not the same entities as the Greek letters that share the same
glyph, e.g. &Sigma; is a capital sigma, but &sum; is a sum, even
though they normally look the same.

In theory at least (and perhaps someone can fill us in on the
practice) screen readers could pronounce &Sigma; "sigma" or "capital
sigma" if standing alone, or as part of a Greek word. &sum; would be
pronounced "sum of" or "sum".

Out of interest, could someone tell me if all screen-readers
pronounce "&99;&97;&116;" as "cat"?

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