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RE: Specifications for the HREF in various tags

From: Luttrell, Mykal <LuttrellM@hydroaire.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 1998 09:25:07 -0700
To: jkorpela@cc.hut.fi ('Jukka Korpela')
Cc: www-html@w3.org ('www-html@w3.org')
Message-ID: <5D95BD53FE72D011B97100A0C9230F0B78EE4C@hant02.hydroaire.com>
Ah, I see what you mean.  This could indeed become ever more confusing
especially where dhtml/javascript combinations are involved.  whew... I
wonder how that would be handled in a unicode version...
Mykal A. Luttrell Sr.
Crane Hydro-Aire
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> From: 	Jukka Korpela[SMTP:jkorpela@cc.hut.fi]
> Sent: 	Friday, October 16, 1998 8:54 AM
> To: 	'www-html@w3.org'
> Subject: 	RE: Specifications for the HREF in various tags
> On Fri, 16 Oct 1998, Luttrell, Mykal wrote:
> > Quotation marks are for the norm "double when on the outside" and ' when
> > within an area defined by "Double Quotes" thereby alternating the
> structure
> > via the marks
> I'm not sure I see what you mean. Are you referring to the use
> of various characters for denoting quotations in natural languages?
> Then the approach which you describe is one possibility - and it
> is not even ubiquous in English. See
> http://www.hut.fi/u/jkorpela/latin1/3.html#22
> This is not really an HTML question, except as regards to the Q
> element which was intended to cause "intelligent", language-dependent
> quotation marks to be inserted by browsers. I think we can just forget
> the idea. One can simply use the appropriate characters (as soon as
> they are supported widely enough, which may take time, but less
> time than the implementation of Q would take).
> In HTML, there are no nested quotations. It is simplest to use
> the quotation mark (the double quote ") throughout. Within attribute
> values, sometimes one needs to quote things, probably then using
> the apostrophe (as single quote), e.g. in JavaScript, but this is not
> an HTML issue - from the HTML viewpoint, such a value is just a string
> and only the delimiting quotes are part of HTML syntax.
> The price to pay for using always the " quote is that when a string
> is to contain a quotation mark, it needs to be presented using
> a numeric character reference or an entity reference, i.e.
> &#34; or &quot;, instead of using apostrophes as delimiters which
> would allow one to use plain " inside. I'd say the price is worth 
> paying for the simplicity achieved. 
> Yucca, http://www.hut.fi/u/jkorpela/ or http://yucca.hut.fi/yucca.html
Received on Friday, 16 October 1998 12:25:23 UTC

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