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"Special characters for XHTML"

From: Matthew Wilson <Matthew.Wilson@YourMove.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2005 11:10:50 +0100
Message-ID: <74CD901A3995C44DA81ECC7A9503A45009BF13@rssncl3xbe1.ead.co.uk>
To: <www-html-editor@w3.org>

I'm not sure whether or not this is being sent to the correct e-mail address, but it was listed in the XHTML errata.

After looking through the character entity sets for XHTML I noticed the following lines in http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml-special.ent ;

<!ENTITY quot    "&#34;"> <!--  quotation mark, U+0022 ISOnum -->
<!ENTITY amp     "&#38;#38;"> <!--  ampersand, U+0026 ISOnum -->
<!ENTITY lt      "&#38;#60;"> <!--  less-than sign, U+003C ISOnum -->
<!ENTITY gt      "&#62;"> <!--  greater-than sign, U+003E ISOnum -->

It occurred to me that the middle two lines should probably read;

<!ENTITY amp     "&#38;"> <!--  ampersand, U+0026 ISOnum -->
<!ENTITY lt      "&#60;"> <!--  less-than sign, U+003C ISOnum -->

As "&#38;#38;" and "&#38;#60;" are surely invalid character codes and hex 26 = decimal 38, likewise hex 3C = decimal 60- is this correct?

If this has been sent to the wrong e-mail address then I would appreciate it if you'd forward it to the appropriate dept./person.



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