Bug 20702 - named-character-references.html fakes the represenation of named character entities
Summary: named-character-references.html fakes the represenation of named character en...
Alias: None
Product: HTML WG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Editor tools (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: PC All
: P3 normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Edward O'Connor
QA Contact: HTML WG Bugzilla archive list
URL: http://www.w3.org/html/wg/drafts/html...
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Blocks: 14430
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Reported: 2013-01-18 02:40 UTC by Leif Halvard Silli
Modified: 2013-05-14 21:46 UTC (History)
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Description Leif Halvard Silli 2013-01-18 02:40:03 UTC

(A) In Working Drafts up until bug 1430 was solved, the spec had represented the glyphs by using a numeric character reference.

  Example code, Aacute: <span class="glyph" title="">&#193;</span>

(B) But starting with Working Draft of 25th of October 2012, the spec has started to fake it, by using self reference.

  Example code, Aacute: <span class="glyph" title="">&Aacute;</span>


* The glyph column becomes unreliable - in broken and legacy user agents, unless the parser already has a correct implementation of the named character references, one cannot trust that the character displayed is the inteded character.
* Also, the WHATWG spec doesn't fake this way, and so WHATWG spec is more reliable.


* Either clarify that the glyph column is not normative. 
* Or go back to the old solution where the glyph is 
  referenced as a numeric character reference
* Or adopt the solution in the WHATWG spec, which 
  represents the glyph as normal (unescaped) characters
Comment 1 Edward O'Connor 2013-03-01 21:34:58 UTC
Note that this is only a problem in the multi-page spec; the single-page spec is correct. Moving to "Editor tools" component as the culprit is most probably the spec splitter.
Comment 2 Edward O'Connor 2013-05-14 18:54:33 UTC
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Status: Accepted
Change Description: https://github.com/w3c/html-tools/commit/5f9f4a20b520da183084bb6a0c28cdac869ba0cc
Rationale: Fixed.
Comment 3 Leif Halvard Silli 2013-05-14 21:46:16 UTC
I’m relying you and David’s assessment.