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Re: [Bug 12558] New: Support HTML's full set of character entities in SVG

From: Dr. Olaf Hoffmann <Dr.O.Hoffmann@gmx.de>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2011 09:41:38 +0100
To: www-svg@w3.org
Message-Id: <201104271041.39210.Dr.O.Hoffmann@gmx.de>
For example Opera does not want to interprete HTML entities for
all versions of XHTML, therefore unfortunately the use of entities
in no reliable way even for XHTML. In the last century it was a good
method to be independent from the problem, that a server may
send wrong encoding information about a document, because it
does not analyse the encoding information in the document for
XML and HTML. 
To provide an extension defining the entities for every XML document
works pretty well, if needed. But of course if one starts to add the
complete HTML list of entities, documents get pretty large.
Therefore it is typically better to paste and copy such chararacters
not directly available on the keyboard, because typically one has
not the ability to keep in mind all unicode numbers to use them
instead. This is not very friendly for authors, but there seems to
be currently no alternative.
And because SVG tiny 1.2 for example has no DTD anymore -
and future versions of SVG may have no either, it can be difficult
to define this - and even if this happens, this does not mean, that
viewers care about such definitions, as can be seen with the
XHTML DTDs and Opera for some versions of XHTML.

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