[thelist] browser support for character entities

Ian Anderson ian at zstudio.co.uk
Fri Mar 31 03:05:46 CST 2006

Alan Wood wrote:

> Netscape 4.8 does not support them all.  Internet Explorer 4 onwards, Opera
> 6 onwards, Firefox etc. and Safari support them. 

Hi Alan,

on your site here [1], you list the HTML 4.0 entities; great resource!

I have never been sure which is more correct, though, the numerical form 
or the alphabetical form. e.g.

dagger († or †)
em dash (— or —)

For humans, clearly it is better to use the latter alphabetical form so 
that it is clearer when browsing source code which ones are daggers and 
which ones are em dashes, for instance.

But are there either formal or prosaic reasons why one ought to use the 
— form instead?



[1] http://www.alanwood.net/demos/ent4_frame.html

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