Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 01:25:42 +0200 Message-Id: <199707262325.AA18145@jupiter.ph-cip.Uni-Koeln.DE> To: firstname.lastname@example.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 . Okay, there's "’", but wouldn't it be better to have a name like "&apo;" as well? Imagine this: <!ENTITY rsquo CDATA "’"> <!ENTITY apo CDATA "’"> After all, the same glyph  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 "‘" and "’" (as long as the entities are used `correctly', that is, of course). Holger  To avoid misunderstandings: ' 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.  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 ' ("'") in the files I've checked.