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At 03:19 PM 04/02/02 -0500, Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:
>But they're a really sweet syntax sugar when I can't remember the exact keys to hit to get a curly quote, an em dash or an e with accent acute. Can you imagine trying to sell XHTML to designers without and ©?
Actually, you've put your finger on it. I think we could lose
general entities tomorrow without much weeping. The piece that
hurts is named characters. In particular the math people will
suffer severely. So the right thing to do is to figure out
a way to put in characters by name, not number, without invoking
all the expensive general-purpose entity machinery.
It has been suggested that the some of the popular character
entity sets should just be wired right into XML so that
&eacu; for example always just works. Hard to achieve, but
very desirable. -Tim