Re: Character-escape (MSSCHAR) in HTML?

Bert Bos (bert@let.rug.nl)
Mon, 12 Sep 1994 18:31:45 +0200 (METDST)


Message-Id: <199409121631.AA232887505@freya.let.rug.nl>
From: Bert Bos <bert@let.rug.nl>
Subject: Re: Character-escape (MSSCHAR) in HTML?
To: lee@sq.com
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 1994 18:31:45 +0200 (METDST)
Cc: www-html@www0.cern.ch, bert@let.rug.nl
In-Reply-To: <9409091822.AA11531@sqrex.sq.com> from "lee@sq.com" at Sep 9, 94 02:22:10 pm

 |
 |
 |There are some of optional features in SGML that are not widely implemented,
 |or that may cause problems if implemented.
 |
 |I'm nervous about MSSCHAR for a number of reasons.  The behaviour of
 |an entity ending in MSSCHAR seems to me to be undefined, for example.
 |
 |At the IETF meetings in Toront, the phrase `ISO syndrome' was bandied
 |about for standards ratified before they are implemented; if it was done
 |again, SGML would be different.
 |
 |I'm afraid I'd say don't use MSSCHAR.
 |
 |You can do most of what you want with SDATA entities anyway, e.g. instead
 |of \<P> you can write &lt;P>.  Although this looks uglier at first sight,
 |editors (e.g. our HoTMetaL!) can display this as <P>.
 |
 |Also, I have often seen <\P> from PC users.  This is currently an error;
 |your proposal would make it legal -- the < is not followed by a NAMECHAR,
 |so it would be a literal < followd by an escaped P followed by a >.
 |
 |Lee
 |
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