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Re: Guide to using special characters in HTML

2012-02-20 4:16, tlvp wrote:

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And surely isn't the lowercase equivalent to .

Stan Brown mentioned that lots of such tables exist and asked what makes
this better. We already know that this contains errors. I mentioned this
at least 4 years ago when Roedy Green advertized his "HTML Entities :
Java Glossary".

It also contains loads of named character references that are not
supported e.g. by IE, despite the bogus claim "best viewed with
Microsoft Internet Explorer". Just saying "Do not use the following
HTML5 entities in your web pages. Many browsers do not support them
yet." isn't enough. There is no reason to advertize such "entities"
(HTML5 does not call them entities) at all, and people are known to miss

Just to mention some more bogosities found on a casual look, on page on
1) It lists several characters that are not ligatures but normal letters
of the Latin alphabet (though they _originated_ in ligatures, just as
"w" did).
2) It list "th" and "fj" as "not available", giving the false impression
that there is something special about these letter combinations.
4) It presents a reference to a Private Use Area character, which is
grossly misleading: it's not "unofficial", it's officially for private
use by agreements between interested parties, not to be used in any
information interchange outside such afgreements.
5) It claims that the sharp s "has no equivalent upper case form",
which is just false. The capital letter sharp s was added in Unicode 5.1
(in 2007).
6) It says "Exchange documents should not contain ligatures", which is
grossly wrong for letters like "" that the page calls "ligatures" and
should make you wonder why the page then exists at all - what are HTML
documents that are not "exchange documents"?
7) "If your font does not have ligatures, you can fake ligatures with
kerning to squeeze letters closer together than normal" is just absurd.
Manual tuning of kerning is _not_ supposed to produce fake ligatures,
and there is no reason to try to fake ligatures.

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If it looks smooth and useful, it is dangerous.

Yucca, /

Re: Guide to using special characters in HTML

On Mon, 20 Feb 2012 07:44:51 +0200, Jukka K. Korpela wrote:

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No. More important to me was that it's just not a Polish character at all,
in any case (double-entendre intended :-) ).
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My only disclaimer, once again: "...only rough spot I could easily find..."
-- but I clearly didn't look very hard :-) . I suppose I might have done
better adding a "looking" between "useful" and "page", but it was late and
I was too tired to determine whether that was diplomatic enough or would
look like an arrogant slap-in-the-face, so I left it out.

Thanks for displaying all the wrinkles I missed :-) . And cheers, -- tlvp
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