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Re: accented characters, etc.

From: Russell Steven Shawn O'Connor <roconnor@uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 1999 18:44:42 -0500 (EST)
To: W3C HTML <www-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.95q.991202184140.17720A-100000@wronski.math.uwaterloo.ca>
On Thu, 2 Dec 1999, John Delacour wrote:

> No such thing is needed; the big step towards internationalization is
> already taken and it is Unicode <http:www.unicode.org/>.  All you need
> to do is declare UTF-8 as your character set and use unicode entities
> such as &x03EE;

To be more precice, you don't need to declare UTF-8 as your character
encoding (and probably shouldn't), to use these entities.  No matter what
your character encoding is, &#xxxx; will refer to the Unicode character
number xxxx. 

(Aside: Note the subtle difference between character encoding and
character set.)

Russell O'Connor                           roconnor@uwaterloo.ca
``And truth irreversibly destroys the meaning of its own message''
-- Anindita Dutta, ``The Paradox of Truth, the Truth of Entropy''
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