special entities: < > & and "

Kevin Altis (kevin@scic.intel.com)
Wed, 6 Oct 1993 10:05:01 -0800

I seem to remember that you used to have to quote the special characters <
> & and " within an HTML document so that & becomes &amp, " becomes &quot,
< and > become &lt and &gt This is documented in the draft HTML
specification (actually the &lt and &gt aren't in there), but I've tried it
out with XMosaic and I don't have to quote the characters at all within
normal text. If the quoting rule only applies within an URL or as part of a
tag then it should be documented as such with examples. What's the real
story Tim?