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   Re: [xml-dev] Character Entities: An XML Core WG View

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At 07:52 AM 11/2/2002 -0500, Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:
>At 4:47 PM -0500 11/1/02, Ann Navarro wrote:
>>That's not what I'm referring to. You may think uniform names are good, 
>>but I'm hearing/reading that you think it's perfectly acceptable to force 
>>average document authors to write internal DTD subsets to be able to 
>>write "Pepsi ™".
>I think you're asking the wrong people to fix the wrong problem. There is 
>a usability issue here. However, that issue is not that ™ must be 
>declared in an internal DTD subset. ™ is not very usable in itself. 
>I almost always type &tm; and then have to debug my mistake. But this is 
>really the usability problem, isn't it?

I believe it's a usability problem, but it's not the one I'm addressing.

No one has yet answered the question.....do we *really* expect the average 
document author (who has not written, nor may even have control of, the 
DTD) to add internal/external subsets in order to use a frequently needed 

That's what we're asking of people, and I think we've failed if we leave it 
at that.

I'll have to leave the argument at that point -- as I'm headed out for a 
much-anticipated vacation -- rather than worrying about entities, I'll be 
blowing bubbles while poking around some shipwrecks off St. Maarten.

See y'all next week.


Ann Navarro, WebGeek, Inc.

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