Plan for entities and code blocks
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Sun Feb 24 16:22:59 EST 2008
> Out of curiosity, do you know why Textile 2 made the choice it did
> for rendering character entities? Was there some compelling design
> criteria involved?
> -- John
Just some speculation...
one of the seminal articles on character entities -- the ALA trouble
with ems and ens -- said decimal entities (—, etc) were more
reliably rendered. It didn't give much detail on why named entitles were
unreliable, only mentioning that netscape 4 had issues with named
entities. That article is why I (and lots of others, I assume) have
always used numerical entities.
Maybe that's why textile 2 chose numbered entities too?
anyway, my 2 cents -- I assume modern browsers render all the named
entitles correctly... so i'd agree with Jason for going with named
entitles, for readability anyway.
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