Re: Question regarding HTML 4.0 &#x??; syntax

From: John Cowan (
Date: Fri Jul 18 1997 - 13:42:24 EDT

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David Pope wrote:

> I assume &#x??, where ??=hex value, will display the character
> associated [by] the assigned charset with the ?? hex value.

Not so. &#????; (and &#x????;) always refer to ISO 10646/Unicode,
not the character encoding used to transmit the document. This is
true no matter how many decimal or hex digits there are. If this were
not so, then anyone transcoding the document would have to convert
(or discard as unconvertable) all the numeric character references;
as it is, they are invariant.

This does not prevent certain losing HTML composers from outputting
the illegal € through Ÿ using CP1252 (Windows) instead of
the proper Unicode values. When you meet one of these on the
road, shoot it.

John Cowan
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