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RE: accented characters, etc.

From: Sean Healy <jalopeura@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu Dec 2 16:16:08 1999
Message-ID: <19991202211530.16799.qmail@hotmail.com>
To: www-html@w3.org

>You *can* do line overstrikes in CSS

I didn't mean to inply you couldn't do line overstrikes-I was just saying 
that since HTML provides for line overstrikes without recourse to CSS, I 
would think that it could just as easily place a specified character (as 
opposed to a line) over any other character.

>However, IMHO, I don't think this (or a <OS>-like tag that
>you describe) is such a good idea.  For example, search
>engines won't index words correctly that use these kind of
>tags (which is why i think the &ntilde; kind of entities
>were created in the first place).

I'm not suggesting getting rid of what we have-just saying that there could 
be a method for writing characters that don't exist.  I wanted to clarify 
what I meant by using a character that already exists, not to imply that the 
method that already exists was bad-it's just inadequate.  And if there's a 
choice between being able to write such characters and having a search index 
misunderstand them, or not being able to write them at all, I'd choose being 
able to write them.

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