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Re: Semicolon after entities

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2007 20:20:35 +1000
Message-ID: <462F2B73.1060108@lachy.id.au>
To: David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>
CC: www-html@w3.org

David Woolley wrote:
> Not using &amp; for & in href attributes is an error in HTML.  You get 
> away with it because of browser error recovery, but you cannot rely on 
> this because the number of defined entities may increase, or backwards 
> compatibility may result in old entities being recognized.

In reality, that's not going to happen.  One of the design principles 
for the new HTMLWG is Don't Break the Web.  Introducing new entity 
references, or any new feature for that matter, that has a significant 
chance of breaking pages and isn't backwards compatible, won't be 

The only new entities that have been introduced into HTML5 are &apos;, 
and the uppercase variants of &AMP;, &LT;, &GT; &QUOT;, &COPY; and 
&REG;, which are already widely supported.

Lachlan Hunt
Received on Wednesday, 25 April 2007 10:20:45 UTC

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