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Re: LYNX-DEV SGML entities question

From: Foteos Macrides
Subject: Re: LYNX-DEV SGML entities question
Date: Fri, 16 May 1997 13:51:59 -0500 (EST)

Klaus Weide <address@hidden> wrote:
>A question for the SGML experts.. Is the following use of numeric
>character entities legitimate?
> "Erroneous results &#91can occur&#93 when"
>(see for example 
>Lynx currently recognizes the &#93 (because it is followed by a space)
>but not the &#91 (because it is immediately followed by a letter).
>Should the letter (or any non-digit) terminate the entity reference?

        This was discussed at length in the HTML-WG before it
closed out.  The consensus was that Netscape should fix its
broken entity/character reference parser instead of all other UAs
braking theirs to be compatible, and there was positive indication
that Netscape would fix it.  Has it in more current versions?

        Though it may seem reasonable that any non-digit (and thus
a letter) terminates that, according the the SGML experts who were
in the HTML-WG, that's not so.


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