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Re: New article for REVIEW: Using character entities and NCRs

From: Frank Ellermann <nobody@xyzzy.claranet.de>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 05:58:35 +0200
To: www-international@w3.org
Message-ID: <42DDCBEB.3D2@xyzzy.claranet.de>

Richard Ishida wrote:
> We expect to publish a final version in one to two weeks.

It's quite nice, but doesn't directly address the two or three
backwards compatibility issues: 

1 - &apos; doesn't work everywhere, XHTML 1.0 C.16 recommends
    to use &#39; - for "visible with any browser" extremists
    (= me) even &#160; is "better" than &nbsp; (or &#xA0;)

2 - hex. NCRs don't work everywhere, that's less important for
    almost all NCRs, but for some "known" cases it could make
    sense to use decimal NCRs.

3 - avoiding NCRs in mostly US-ASCII / Latin-1 / windows-1252
    documents by switching to UTF-8 is not backwards compatible
    and therefore not always the best choice.

(2) and (3) are direct conflicts with Charmod, that shouldn't
be the last link near the end, but the first link at the top.

Or better use Charmod as both first and last link.  Bye, Frank
Received on Wednesday, 20 July 2005 04:00:26 UTC

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