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Re: character entities using hex

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 1999 17:59:15 -0400
Message-ID: <3818C733.F618EC87@w3.org>
To: Gerald Oskoboiny <gerald@w3.org>
CC: Masayasu Ishikawa <mimasa@w3.org>, ann@webgeek.com, www-validator@w3.org
Gerald Oskoboiny wrote:
> 
> On Wed, Oct 27, 1999 at 01:01:45AM +0900, Masayasu Ishikawa wrote:
> > Ann Navarro <ann@webgeek.com> wrote:
> >
> > > I've got a student who's attempted to use the hex representation for a few
> > > character entities, and the validator is throwing up an interesting error:
> > >
> > > http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fmembers.xoom.com%2F_XOOM%2Fne
> > > t_miner%2F02%2Fcharent.html
> >
> > There's nothing wrong in this document.  This document is valid.
> >
> > > eg:
> > >
> > >  <LI>Hexadecimal: <STRONG>f7</STRONG> &#xf7;
> > >
> > >   Error: "XF7" is not a function name
> > >
> > >
> > > Aside from likely interoperability problems in using the hex version --
> > > what is the validation issue here?
> >
> > The SGML declaration used in the validator is broken, namely, failed
> > to support Web SGML Adoption. I thought we have fixed this problem [1]
> > long time ago, but the bug arises again.
> >
> > The validator currently uses the following SGML declaration, which is
> > broken:
> >
> >     http://validator.w3.org/sgml-lib/REC-html40-19980424/HTML4.decl
> 
> Fixed.
> 
> http://dev.w3.org/cvsweb/validator/htdocs/sgml-lib/REC-html40-19980424/HTML4.decl
> http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fmembers.xoom.com%2F_XOOM%2Fnet_miner%2F02%2Fcharent.html
> 
> > And even worse, PR-html40-19990824 failed to fix this problem as well,
> > despite this have been listed in the HTML 4.0 Specification Errata [2].
> > We MUST fix this problem.
> >
> > [1] http://dev.w3.org/cvsweb/validator/htdocs/sgml-lib/REC-html40-971218/HTML4.decl?r1=1.1&r2=1.2
> > [2] http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/html40-updates/REC-html40-19980424-errata.html
> 
> I forwarded this message to www-html-editor to make sure this gets
> addressed before PR-html40-19990824 progresses to a REC.

This is really weird since I have it correct in my source files
but indeed, no the Web at [3] it's wrong. I'll look into it.
Thanks for the heads-up.

[3] http://www.w3.org/TR/html40/sgml/sgmldecl.html

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