Re: True quotes

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Thu, 18 Jul 1996 13:46:07 -0700 (PDT)

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Subject: Re: True quotes
Date: Thu, 18 Jul 1996 13:46:07 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Lee Daniel Crocker" <>
From: Lee Daniel Crocker <>

>Have there been no requests for named entities for quoteleft, quoteright,
>quotedblleft and quotedblright? With font face and size specification
>becoming standard, these characters are sorely needed.

I have brought up the issue more than once, loudly, in several
places, and even included exact text for the DTD, which I
reproduce below.  I must conclude that W3C is deliberately
ignoring the issue, or else they plan something but won't
tell us what it is.  I find no excuse for either, and I have
even less respect for those who dismiss it as unimportant.
Language developed the way it has over the centuries for many
reasons, and it is our job to adapt to it--not to adapt the
language to our laziness.

<!ENTITY lsquote CDATA "&#8216;" -- left single quote     -->
<!ENTITY rsquote CDATA "&#8217;" -- right single quote    -->
<!ENTITY ldquote CDATA "&#8220;" -- left double quote     -->
<!ENTITY rdquote CDATA "&#8221;" -- right double quote    -->

(I don't know enough about German to include German quotes
here.  Anyone?)

Lee Daniel Crocker <>