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Re: [XHTML2] Unicode line and paragraph separators

From: Ernest Cline <ernestcline@mindspring.com>
Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2003 15:06:37 -0400
To: www-html <www-html@w3.org>
CC: Etan Wexler <ewexler@stickdog.com>
Message-ID: <3E92E57D.15232.1221AFF@localhost>

Etan Wexler wrote:

> Ernest Cline wrote to <mailto:www-html@w3.org> on 2003-04-06 21:24 in ""
> (<mid:3E90C548.28027.FA7363@localhost>):
>
> > it does not 
> > make sense to have use a non-named entity put to such use.
> 
> All entities in XML are named. References of the form &#8233; are character
> references, not entity references. That aside, I don't understand why a
> character reference and an entity reference that resolve to the same
> character would be of differing utility.

An entity reference would provide a name that could serve as a mnemonic 
aid to remembering what it is for those typing it. While I am convinced 
using a formatting character was possibly a better solution than 
markup, a method that forced people who hand-code their documents to 
use a numeric character reference for such a basic feature as paragraph 
separation would obviously never get adopted.  Any XML or SGML based 
document type that makes use of any formatting characters in this way 
would need to use entity references for that reason.
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