Entity for apostrophe?

Holger Wahlen (wahlen@ph-cip.Uni-Koeln.DE)
Sun, 27 Jul 1997 01:25:42 +0200

Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 01:25:42 +0200
Message-Id: <199707262325.AA18145@jupiter.ph-cip.Uni-Koeln.DE>
To: www-html@w3.org
From: wahlen@ph-cip.Uni-Koeln.DE (Holger Wahlen)
Subject: Entity for apostrophe?

Seeing that there are entity definitions for things like en
dash, left double quotation marks and the likes coming up,
I'm wondering why I can't find anything to represent an
apostrophe [1]. Okay, there's "&rsquo;", but wouldn't it be
better to have a name like "&apo;" as well? Imagine this:
	<!ENTITY rsquo   CDATA "&#8217;">
	<!ENTITY apo     CDATA "&#8217;">
After all, the same glyph [2] is used in two different
functions, so wouldn't it be appropriate to have two
possibilities to refer to it? Apart from the mnemonic
advantage, this also wouldn't cause problems for syntax
checks that might compare the numbers of occurrences of
"&lsquo;" and "&rsquo;" (as long as the entities are used
`correctly', that is, of course).


[1] To avoid misunderstandings: &#39; shouldn't be used as an
   apostrophe in a typographically decent text, but just as a
   symbol for some measures (feet, for instance). I'm talking
   about the glyph that should be used instead, which looks like
   a right single quotation mark.
[2] Actually I'm not quite certain whether it really is the
   same: Does Unicode distinguish between `real' apostrophe and
   r.s.q.m.? I don't know for sure, but I doubt it, because the
   expression "apostrophe" is already used to refer to &#39;
   ("&apos;") in the files I've checked.