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RE: Positive Re. Symbolic name for every character

From: Dave J Woolley <david.woolley@bts.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2001 12:32:42 +0100
Message-ID: <81E4A2BC03CED111845100104B62AFB50102A8FB@stagecoach.bts.co.uk>
To: "'www-html@w3.org'" <www-html@w3.org>
> From:	Cyril [SMTP:cyril@chat.ru]
> 
> 	<META  name = "keywords" content =
> "&Alpha-el;&pi-el;&omicron-el;&kappa-el;&alpha-el;&lambda-el;&upsilon-el;&
> pi-el;&sigma-el;&iota-el;&sigmaf-el;,
> &?-he;&?-he;&?-he;&?-he;&?-he;, apocalypse,
> &a-fr;&p-fr;&o-fr;&c-fr;&a-fr;&l-fr;&y-fr;&p-fr;&s-fr;&e-fr;,
> &O-ru;&te-ru;&ka-ru;&er-ru;&o-ru;&ve-ru;&ie-ru;&en-ru;&i-ru;&ie-ru;,
> ...">
> 	How could you do this otherwise?
> 
[DJW:] 
<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
<meta name="keywords" lang="el" content="....">
<meta name="keywords" lang="fr" content=".....">
.....

(with the content being directly in the character set, not as
entity macros.)

Note that the addition of new entity names has effectively
been ahandoned because of their proliferation; I can't see 
that decision being reversed.  I also concur with the point that
they are just macros for the &# forms and have no intrinsic
meaning to the system.  You can probably define your own with
XML.

Also, HTML has never been US-ASCII (it was devised by an Englishman
in Switzerland!).  Current HTML is Unicode.

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