[whatwg] Character/Entity Reference Syntax Support

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Fri Mar 10 16:20:03 PST 2006

On Sun, 16 Oct 2005, Lachlan Hunt wrote:
> I wrote a test page [1] to test the support for the syntax of hex and 
> numeric character refernces and entity references using all character 
> references defined in HTML4.  It tests each with and without the REFC 
> delimiter (;).
> It seems that IE doesn't support omitting the REFC for any hex character 
> reference and only supports omitting it for ISO-8859-1 entities plus 
> &amp, &lt, &gt and &quot from the markup significant category.  IE 
> doesn't support &apos either, but it's not defined in HTML4 anyway.
> Firefox and Opera support all of them just fine with or without the 

I decided to go with the more sane Firefox/Opera model for parsing, but 
made the semicolon required (parse error if it is omitted).

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