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Re: XHTML character entity support

From: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Date: Tue, 03 Nov 2009 21:21:23 +0100
Message-ID: <4AF090C3.3020303@xn--mlform-iua.no>
To: Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com>
CC: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu>, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>, Simon Pieters <simonp@opera.com>, Geoffrey Sneddon <gsneddon@opera.com>, John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>, "public-xml-core-wg@w3.org" <public-xml-core-wg@w3.org>, "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
Shelley Powers On 09-11-03 20.39:

> On Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 12:56 PM, Boris Zbarsky:
>> On 11/3/09 1:08 PM, Shelley Powers wrote:

> But, there is a sentence in the existing HTML5 specification
> that reads:
> According to the XML specification, XML processors are not
> guaranteed to process the external DTD subset referenced in the
> DOCTYPE. This means, for example, that using entity references
> for characters in XHTML documents is unsafe if they are defined
> in an external file (except for &lt;, &gt;, &amp;, &quot; and
> &apos;)

It would increase text/html's compatibility with XHTML and vice 
versa, if "these things" were specified, wouldn't it? It would be 
one obstacle less if one wanted to create/serve polyglot documents?

However, it might be that the specification of these things does 
not need to go into the HTML 5 specification itself.

Regardless, whenever and wherever it becomes been specified, the 
quote above would need to be updated .
leif halvard silli
Received on Tuesday, 3 November 2009 20:21:59 UTC

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