Re: Entity for apostrophe?

Liam Quinn (liam@htmlhelp.com)
Mon, 28 Jul 1997 18:37:20 -0400


Message-Id: <3.0.2.32.19970728183720.007a3460@undergrad.math.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 18:37:20 -0400
To: wahlen@ph-cip.Uni-Koeln.DE (Holger Wahlen), www-html@w3.org
From: Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>
Subject: Re: Entity for apostrophe?
In-Reply-To: <199707281609.AA12625@jupiter.ph-cip.Uni-Koeln.DE>

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At 06:09 PM 28/07/97 +0200, Holger Wahlen wrote:
>As a reaction to my thoughts about an entity for apostrophes,
>Walter Ian Kaye <walter@natural-innovations.com> wrote:
>
>| Is there a problem you are trying to solve? If so, what is it?
>
>Let's take a short example:
>	He said: 'It's 5' long.'
>It contains "'" (&#39;) four times, but in each case this is
>used to represent a different character: left and right
>single quotation mark, apostrophe, and symbol for "feet".

For the quotation marks, you'd theoretically want to use HTML 4.0's Q 
element, and let the browser choose the quotation marks based on the 
user's locale or the language of the document (or perhaps based on a style 
rule, though this isn't possible in CSS1):

He said: <Q>It's 5&prime; long.</Q>

I say "theoretically" because browsers don't generally support Q yet.

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