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Re: HTML 4.01 -- 24 Character entity references

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 03 Dec 1999 14:42:11 -0500
Message-ID: <38481D13.8C951F9D@w3.org>
To: Nik O <niko@cmsplatform.com>
CC: www-html-editor@w3.org, w3c-html-wg@w3.org
Nik O wrote:
> Gentlepeople,
> I believe that the Proposed Recommendation of 24 August 1999 contains a
> minor error of omission that is easily corrected.
> In "24.3 Character entity references for symbols, mathematical symbols, and
> Greek letters", virtually all Greek characters and symbols have been
> provided with symbolic names.  However, there is one missing character that
> is very important for texts pertaining to medicine and physics, namely the
> "phi" symbol (how ironic, considering the birthplace of HTML, eh?).

In section 24.3.1 of the PR  [1] I find (not adjacent):

<!ENTITY phi      CDATA "&#966;" -- greek small letter phi, U+03C6
ISOgrk3 -->
<!ENTITY piv      CDATA "&#982;" -- greek pi symbol, U+03D6 ISOgrk3 -->

Is the latter the character you were looking for? The Unicode
reference U+03D6 matches.

> Therefore, i propose the addition of the following character entity
> reference:
>  <!ENTITY phiv  CDATA "&#981;" -- greek phi symbol, U+03D6 ISOgrk3 -->
> This name is consistent with prior SGML usage, and the symbol is included in
> both the ISOgrk3 entity set (as "phiv") and the ISOgrk4 entity set (as
> "b.phiv").

> In a related, but much less important matter, is there any chance of
> reformatting the tables in section 24?  IMHO, the tables would be more
> useful if the "U+" and "ISO entity set" comments were moved to the beginning
> of the <!ENTITY..> comments section, e.g.:
>  <!ENTITY phiv  CDATA "&#981;" -- U+03D5  ISOgrk3  greek phi symbol -->
>  <!ENTITY piv    CDATA "&#982;" -- U+03D6  ISOgrk3  greek pi symbol -->

We will consider that request, but I don't think we'll make the
change in the next draft.

Thank you,

 - Ian

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