[Bug 5852] New: Incorporate Entity Reference Table into Authoring Guide


           Summary: Incorporate Entity Reference Table into Authoring Guide
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: All
            Status: ASSIGNED
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: Developer's Guide
        AssignedTo: lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au
        ReportedBy: lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html@w3.org

Obviously, the way this is listed in the HTML5 spec is aimed at implementers,
and is totally unusable by authors.  This will need significant imporovement
for the authoring guide.

Things to do before this can be done:

* Work out what information is useful for authors
  - Entity Ref (&foo;)
  - Equivalent Hexadecimal reference (�)
  - Equivalent Decimal Reference (�)
  - Name of character
  - Image of character (especially in cases where the user may not have
appropriate fonts avaialable)
  - Human readable description
  - Links to related characters

* Provide some way to quickly and easily search or filter the list.
* Should it be broken into some sort of categories?  If so, how?
* Should authors be able to show and hide interesting/uninteresting colums?
* It might also be useful to indicate which entities will still work without
the trailing semicolon, even though that's non-conforming in HTML5.

Here are some existing tables covering HTML4 entity references.


The wikipedia table contains additional info about which standard and DTD it
was introduced in. That stuff isn't really relevant to HTML5.  The
digitalmediaminute page takes an interesting approach, instead of a traditional
table layout.

Additional feature requests and suggestions welcome.

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Received on Thursday, 10 July 2008 11:04:01 UTC