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RE: non-sgml characters

From: Jon Hanna <jon@spin.ie>
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2002 14:21:22 +0100
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

> > markup elements and the formal symbol for a TM sign is,
> >
> >     &trade;    (&#153;)
> No, 153 is an unused code point in HTML.  What is defined in HTML 4 is
> as follows:

I think the source of confusion is probably the practices of many systems of
using the unused character points in the lower byte-ranges of UCS for
various characters.

This is a valid way of constructing a character set, as long as one doesn't
claim to be using Latin-1 etc.

It is also reasonable when encountering an invalid character to output one
based on such a practice, as part of the general principal that browsers
should attempt to act as the author most likely intended when encountering
an obvious error. IE on Windows will interpret a character claiming to be
UCS point 153 as a trademark sign.

Of course misinterpreting character encodings can lead to subtle security
problems, as well as preventing authors from realising they are in error
(quite a few bugs in IIS of late were due to differening interpretations of
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