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HTML Entities and Browsers

Posted on 2007-03-21
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Hi Experts,

I am generating HTML pages from XML. I would like to know whether the XML entities and HTML are same.

ie., For instance, XML "Thin Space" has the entity code " ", I would like to know whether I have to code this XML entity as "&#x02009" or "&#02009" in HTML without the 'x'.

I am seeing a difference in recognizing the entities in Firefox and in IE. For Instance, the entity "Thin Space" is reflected as a "Thin Space" in Firefox but it is displayed as a box character in IE. The Character Encoding selected in both the browsers are UTF-8.

Please advice.

Regards
Vijay T. Prabakar
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Geert Bormans earned 250 total points
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yes, they are the same.
The number is the character referenece in the unicode standard
Every modern browser should be able to show the exact glyph based on the entity

Of course the particulara glyph needs to be supported in the font-family/size/weight/decoration combination you use

FireFox points by default to a font family that supports most of the unicode characters
IE shows a box, because it has no glyph available
You can swithch the default characterset to a unicode set in the browser
but you can't expect that all your users would do so

If you encounter a problem with a character in IE,
it might be wise to work around that one
eg. a thin space could be replaced by a space in a span with a smaller font-size

cheers

Geert
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and this?

 

should work in all browsers in all codepages?
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