Re: Cougar DTD extra character entities (fwd)

MegaZone (
Thu, 11 Jul 1996 22:42:24 -0700 (PDT)

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Subject: Re: Cougar DTD extra character entities (fwd)
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 1996 22:42:24 -0700 (PDT)
From: MegaZone <>

Once upon a time Jim Taylor shaped the electrons to say...
>The fact that "em" and "en" are used for spaces but "m" and "n" are
>used for dashes could be responsible for the confusion. In retrospect
>it seems the authors of the SGML entities should have been more
>consistent. (Does anyone know if they had a reason for doing it this
>I also urge adoption of the ISO 8879 standard (though inconsistent)
>entities. However, it occurs to me that Dave Ragget (or whoever's
>responsible for the entities in the Cougar DTD) may have purposely
>decided to deviate from ISO 8879 for consistency's sake.

Maybe I'm missing an SGML issue - but couldn't we declare BOTH of them so
we have ndash for the people used to 8879 and endash for the people just
starting since that does sound more intuitive?

Or is this too simple to work?

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