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Re: Best way to markup standards compliant symbols

From: Elizabeth J. Pyatt <ejp10@psu.edu>
Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2009 15:19:56 -0400
Message-Id: <p06240815c5e9996dc2a1@[]>
To: "Harry Loots" <harry.loots@ieee.org>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Cc: christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be

>  The answer is to
>specify character set; then also do your audience a favour and convert
>non-ASCII characters, including the four mentioned above to entities (HTML-Kit
>and other programes will do this on your behalf). That way you can be certain
>that the end user see the quote and the pound symbol where intended.

Sorry to jump in again, but entity codes are NOT required or always 
desirable. Most pages in Cyrillic, Arabic, Hebrew are not in entity 
codes but properly encoded text (often Unicode these days).

  That is if you go to a Hebrew language Website, and click View 
Source, you will see Hebrew characters in the HTML, not a series of 
entity codes. The pages tare encoded meaning they tell your browser 
what kind of encoding to use (all pages, even English ones should do 

At this stage, only extremely ancient browsers (e.g. Netscape 4.7, IE 
5 for Mac) really have problems with raw Unicode text.

If your technology requires entity codes, then use them - but if not, 
then I would recommend avoing them these days.
My extra 2 cents.


Elizabeth J. Pyatt, Ph.D.
Instructional Designer
Education Technology Services, TLT/ITS
Penn State University
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