Quotes in German, was: Re: Cougar DTD extra character

Charles Peyton Taylor (CTaylor@wposmtp.nps.navy.mil)
Thu, 11 Jul 1996 14:15:05 -0800

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Date: Thu, 11 Jul 1996 14:15:05 -0800
From: Charles Peyton Taylor <CTaylor@wposmtp.nps.navy.mil>
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject:  Quotes in German,   was: Re: Cougar DTD extra character 

Would there be a problem if the Browser displayed &quote; 
using the german glyphs if it was a german browser and 
 " if it was an english browser?

The only problem I can see is with code.

Also, what about the <q> from the much-mourned HTML 3? 
I suppose it wouldn't be very backward-compatible to 
render this:

 <p> she said <q>Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side </q>


 She said "Hey Babe, take a walk on the wild side"

since HTML 2 browsers would just ignore the <q>'s. But this 
does seem to go well with the idea of content-based markup.

Charles Taylor

>>> Frank Wegmann <wegmann@linguistics.ruhr-uni-bochum.de>
07/11/96 03:44am >>>
>> Ah, but not German? :-)
>> I may as well be the first to suggest adding to these:
>>  > <!ENTITY ldquor CDATA "&#8222;" -- rising dbl quote, left
>(low) -->
>> <!ENTITY lsquor CDATA "&#8218;" -- rising single quote, left
>(low) -->
>>  > Do we then need these, or do they necessarily map to the
>> character as rdquo and rsquo? (Perhaps I should have left such
>> avocation to somone who writes the language.)
>>  >   <!ENTITY rdquor CDATA "[rdquor]"--=rising dbl quote, right
>>   <!ENTITY rsquor CDATA "[rdquor]"--=rising single quote, right
>Actually, you need both types of quote in order to write German
>in the proper way. In so far I also support your argument of
>sticking to the ISO
>8879 names.
>Frank Wegmann
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