From: Peter Kirk (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Jul 12 2005 - 19:36:14 CDT
On 13/07/2005 00:52, Gregg Reynolds wrote:
> ... From the Unicode perspective, a sequence of characters like
> é is just a sequence of 5 distinct characters with no further
> semantics. Interpreted in accordance with XML, however, such a
> sequence *must* (not "may") be interpreted as e acute. Note that (if
> I'm not mistaken) such interpretation logically precedes other
> parsing. That is, an XML parser will first interpret (i.e.
> substitute) character *entities*, and then parse the resulting text.
> So what gets passed from the XML parser to higher-level processors is
> e acute, not the five character sequence é. ...
I don't think you can be quite right, at least unless XML is quite
different from HTML here. For surely in both HTML and XML character
entities like < can and should be used to replace the character "<"
when this is not to be interpreted as the start of a tag. This implies
that character entities are parsed not as the first stage of parsing,
but only after "<" is recognised as the start of a tag.
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