RE exotic characters

Terry Allen (
Wed, 16 Jun 1993 08:05:31 PDT

May I urge that WWW developers adopt the ISO character entity
sets used for SGML? There are lots of these sets, providing
all the exotic characters you're likely to find. Here's the
set of characters for "publishing" applications, as a sample.

<!-- (C) International Organization for Standardization 1986
Permission to copy in any form is granted for use with
conforming SGML systems and applications as defined in
ISO 8879, provided this notice is included in all copies.
<!-- Character entity set. Typical invocation:
"ISO 8879:1986//ENTITIES Publishing//EN">
<!ENTITY emsp SDATA "[emsp ]"--=em space-->
<!ENTITY ensp SDATA "[ensp ]"--=en space (1/2-em)-->
<!ENTITY emsp13 SDATA "[emsp3 ]"--=1/3-em space-->
<!ENTITY emsp14 SDATA "[emsp4 ]"--=1/4-em space-->
<!ENTITY numsp SDATA "[numsp ]"--=digit space (width of a number)-->
<!ENTITY puncsp SDATA "[puncsp]"--=punctuation space (width of comma)-->
<!ENTITY thinsp SDATA "[thinsp]"--=thin space (1/6-em)-->
<!ENTITY hairsp SDATA "[hairsp]"--=hair space-->
<!ENTITY mdash SDATA "[mdash ]"--=em dash-->
<!ENTITY ndash SDATA "[ndash ]"--=en dash-->
<!ENTITY dash SDATA "[dash ]"--=hyphen (true graphic)-->
<!ENTITY blank SDATA "[blank ]"--=significant blank symbol-->
<!ENTITY hellip SDATA "[hellip]"--=ellipsis (horizontal)-->
<!ENTITY nldr SDATA "[nldr ]"--=double baseline dot (en leader)-->
<!ENTITY frac13 SDATA "[frac13]"--=fraction one-third-->
<!ENTITY frac23 SDATA "[frac23]"--=fraction two-thirds-->
<!ENTITY frac15 SDATA "[frac15]"--=fraction one-fifth-->
<!ENTITY frac25 SDATA "[frac25]"--=fraction two-fifths-->
<!ENTITY frac35 SDATA "[frac35]"--=fraction three-fifths-->
<!ENTITY frac45 SDATA "[frac45]"--=fraction four-fifths-->
<!ENTITY frac16 SDATA "[frac16]"--=fraction one-sixth-->
<!ENTITY frac56 SDATA "[frac56]"--=fraction five-sixths-->
<!ENTITY incare SDATA "[incare]"--=in-care-of symbol-->
<!ENTITY block SDATA "[block ]"--=full block-->
<!ENTITY uhblk SDATA "[uhblk ]"--=upper half block-->
<!ENTITY lhblk SDATA "[lhblk ]"--=lower half block-->
<!ENTITY blk14 SDATA "[blk14 ]"--=25% shaded block-->
<!ENTITY blk12 SDATA "[blk12 ]"--=50% shaded block-->
<!ENTITY blk34 SDATA "[blk34 ]"--=75% shaded block-->
<!ENTITY marker SDATA "[marker]"--=histogram marker-->
<!ENTITY cir SDATA "[cir ]"--/circ B: =circle, open-->
<!ENTITY squ SDATA "[squ ]"--=square, open-->
<!ENTITY rect SDATA "[rect ]"--=rectangle, open-->
<!ENTITY utri SDATA "[utri ]"--/triangle =up triangle, open-->
<!ENTITY dtri SDATA "[dtri ]"--/triangledown =down triangle, open-->
<!ENTITY star SDATA "[star ]"--=star, open-->
<!ENTITY bull SDATA "[bull ]"--/bullet B: =round bullet, filled-->
<!ENTITY squf SDATA "[squf ]"--/blacksquare =sq bullet, filled-->
<!ENTITY utrif SDATA "[utrif ]"--/blacktriangle =up tri, filled-->
<!ENTITY dtrif SDATA "[dtrif ]"--/blacktriangledown =dn tri, filled-->
<!ENTITY ltrif SDATA "[ltrif ]"--/blacktriangleleft R: =l tri, filled-->
<!ENTITY rtrif SDATA "[rtrif ]"--/blacktriangleright R: =r tri, filled-->
<!ENTITY clubs SDATA "[clubs ]"--/clubsuit =club suit symbol-->
<!ENTITY diams SDATA "[diams ]"--/diamondsuit =diamond suit symbol-->
<!ENTITY hearts SDATA "[hearts]"--/heartsuit =heart suit symbol-->
<!ENTITY spades SDATA "[spades]"--/spadesuit =spades suit symbol-->
<!ENTITY malt SDATA "[malt ]"--/maltese =maltese cross-->
<!ENTITY dagger SDATA "[dagger]"--/dagger B: =dagger-->
<!ENTITY Dagger SDATA "[Dagger]"--/ddagger B: =double dagger-->
<!ENTITY check SDATA "[check ]"--/checkmark =tick, check mark-->
<!ENTITY cross SDATA "[ballot]"--=ballot cross-->
<!ENTITY sharp SDATA "[sharp ]"--/sharp =musical sharp-->
<!ENTITY flat SDATA "[flat ]"--/flat =musical flat-->
<!ENTITY male SDATA "[male ]"--=male symbol-->
<!ENTITY female SDATA "[female]"--=female symbol-->
<!ENTITY phone SDATA "[phone ]"--=telephone symbol-->
<!ENTITY telrec SDATA "[telrec]"--=telephone recorder symbol-->
<!ENTITY copysr SDATA "[copysr]"--=sound recording copyright sign-->
<!ENTITY caret SDATA "[caret ]"--=caret (insertion mark)-->
<!ENTITY lsquor SDATA "[lsquor]"--=rising single quote, left (low)-->
<!ENTITY ldquor SDATA "[ldquor]"--=rising dbl quote, left (low)-->

<!ENTITY fflig SDATA "[fflig ]"--small ff ligature-->
<!ENTITY filig SDATA "[filig ]"--small fi ligature-->
<!ENTITY fjlig SDATA "[fjlig ]"--small fj ligature-->
<!ENTITY ffilig SDATA "[ffilig]"--small ffi ligature-->
<!ENTITY ffllig SDATA "[ffllig]"--small ffl ligature-->
<!ENTITY fllig SDATA "[fllig ]"--small fl ligature-->

<!ENTITY mldr SDATA "[mldr ]"--em leader-->
<!ENTITY rdquor SDATA "[rdquor]"--rising dbl quote, right (high)-->
<!ENTITY rsquor SDATA "[rsquor]"--rising single quote, right (high)-->
<!ENTITY vellip SDATA "[vellip]"--vertical ellipsis-->

<!ENTITY hybull SDATA "[hybull]"--rectangle, filled (hyphen bullet)-->
<!ENTITY loz SDATA "[loz ]"--/lozenge - lozenge or total mark-->
<!ENTITY lozf SDATA "[lozf ]"--/blacklozenge - lozenge, filled-->
<!ENTITY ltri SDATA "[ltri ]"--/triangleleft B: l triangle, open-->
<!ENTITY rtri SDATA "[rtri ]"--/triangleright B: r triangle, open-->
<!ENTITY starf SDATA "[starf ]"--/bigstar - star, filled-->

<!ENTITY natur SDATA "[natur ]"--/natural - music natural-->
<!ENTITY rx SDATA "[rx ]"--pharmaceutical prescription (Rx)-->
<!ENTITY sext SDATA "[sext ]"--sextile (6-pointed star)-->

<!ENTITY target SDATA "[target]"--register mark or target-->
<!ENTITY dlcrop SDATA "[dlcrop]"--downward left crop mark -->
<!ENTITY drcrop SDATA "[drcrop]"--downward right crop mark -->
<!ENTITY ulcrop SDATA "[ulcrop]"--upward left crop mark -->
<!ENTITY urcrop SDATA "[urcrop]"--upward right crop mark -->

Terry Allen  (
Editor, Digital Media Group
O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
Sebastopol, Calif., 95472