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Re: special character "SM"

From: Masayasu Ishikawa <mimasa@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2001 00:02:15 +0900 (JST)
Message-Id: <20011010.000215.112612714.mimasa@w3.org>
To: ij@w3.org
Cc: ddorsey@progress.com, site-comments@w3.org
"Ian B. Jacobs" <ij@w3.org> wrote:

> > Mozilla / Netscape 6 rendered SM on Mac / Windows, Netscape
> > Communicator 4.78 rendered it on Windows 2000 it a document is
> > served as UTF-8, and even Netscape Communicator 4.08 can render
> > it if you use decimal numeric character reference (&#8480;), and
> > of course if you have an appropriate font.
> Do you have any data on whether this is true "in general": that
> browsers are more likely to handle correctly when represented
> in decimal form?

Old browsers tend to work better with decimal NCR, since hex NCR
is rather "new" in HTML.  So "in general", it would be safer to
use decimal NCR rather than hex NCR in HTML.  Of course all
conforming XML processors (and hence all conforming XHTML user
agents) must understand both decimal and hex NCRs.

Masayasu Ishikawa / mimasa@w3.org
W3C - World Wide Web Consortium
Received on Tuesday, 9 October 2001 11:02:23 UTC

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