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[Bug 10660] New: use < and > and not &#8592; and &#8594; to indicate previous and next

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Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 14:18:33 +0000
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http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=10660

           Summary: use < and > and not &#8592; and &#8594; to indicate
                    previous and next
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: other
            Status: NEW
          Keywords: a11y, a11y_display
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: oedipus@hicom.net
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: oedipus@hicom.net, mike@w3.org,
                    public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,
                    public-html@w3.org


use < and > and not &#8592; and &#8594; to indicate previous and next

in the top-level menu that appears at the beginning of the sections of

http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/

the character-entity used to indicate "previous" is &#8592; whilst the 
character-entity used to indicate "next" is &#8594; as follows:

<a href="editing.html">&#8592; 7 User interaction</a> &#8211;
   <a href="spec.html#contents">Table of contents</a> &#8211;
   <a href="syntax.html">8 The HTML syntax &#8594;</a>

PROBLEM: most users will not be able to generate either &#8594; or 
&#8592; from the keyboard, making it difficult to use these links 
when one invokes a list of links traversable by first character in 
hypertext

SOLUTION: 

1. replace &#8592; with &lt; (U+0003C) to indicate previous; 
2. replace &#8594; with &gt; (U+0003E) to indicate next;
3. gloss the symbolic (ascii art) indicators with ABBR as follows:

<abbr title="previous">&lt;</abbr>
<abbr title="next">&gt;</abbr>

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