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Re: Dynamic Font Size

From: Jukka Korpela <jkorpela@cc.hut.fi>
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 08:45:39 +0200 (EET)
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.OSF.4.10.9903240810040.11030-100000@beta.hut.fi>
On Tue, 23 Mar 1999, Alan G. Isaac wrote:

> Looking at the mathematical operators,
> I am very puzzled. There is a perfectly
> good set of entity names in extremely
> wide use: the TeX/LaTeX/AMSLaTeX
> names. Why not simply adopt these rather
> than inventing new ones?

The entity names in HTML specifications have been taken
from the character entity sets listed in appendix D to
the SGML standard (ISO 8879-1986).

It's actually not a big deal anyway. The entity names are
just half-mnemonic, and as you point out, different names
(or "names" - is something like "isin" or "ni" really a _name_
or just an alphanumeric symbol?) for characters are in use in other
contexts (e.g. TeX, PostScript). Moreover, Netscape 4 does not
support things like &isin; but it supports &#8712; under certain
conditions (see http://www.hut.fi/u/jkorpela/HTML/chars.html ).

So authors might just as well use numeric character references,
either finding them out themselves, which means some work, see
or (hopefully, in the future) using software which lets them
enter characters conveniently and takes the trouble of inserting
the (correct!) numeric references into the HTML code. Thus,
I don't think future HTML specifications should extend the repertoire
of entity names for characters.

Yucca, http://www.hut.fi/u/jkorpela/ or http://yucca.hut.fi/yucca.html
Received on Wednesday, 24 March 1999 01:45:43 UTC

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