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" question

From: Cultimo <jeroen-g@bigfoot.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Oct 98 10:56:38 +0200
To: <www-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <771898E414C0.AAA10B4@smtp04.wxs.nl>
The special characters beginning with '&' are used to make it possible to 
read one text in the HTML format on different platforms. When they are 
not used and the text is presented as is, strange things can happen with 
signs that should be represented with '&euml;', '&agrave;', etc. The 
quotation mark sign is also part of these special signs ('&quot;'). 
Probably this is done to differentiate between the quotation mark used in 
html codes (<a href="my.htm">). But in my experience the code and the 
sign are interchangeable . '&quot;' gives the same result as the actual 
quotation mark (") on Mac and Windows in several browsers. I don't knwo 
how Unix/linux based machines handle it. 

Why then hold on to it? Because of future version of browsers? Because of 
future platforms that use a different ascii code.

So: is it valid (probably not) and if so: will it remain valid to use the 
actual quotation mark instead of &quot; in texts?

Jeroen Goulooze
Received on Wednesday, 7 October 1998 04:53:16 UTC

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