[wp-hackers] WordPress Uses "Wrong" Apostrophe in Blog Title

Geoffrey Sneddon foolistbar at googlemail.com
Tue Jul 10 16:23:10 GMT 2007

On 7 Jul 2007, at 22:45, Matt wrote:

> On 7/7/07, Charles <lists07 at wiltgen.net> wrote:
>> It either supports it or ignores it, I'm not sure.
>> For example, Google for "lightroom's odd vista incompatibility"  
>> and Google
>> properly returns the blog entry "Fix Lightroom's odd Vista  
>> incompatibility",
>> which only uses the proper typographical apostrophe.
>> Technically, Unicode 8217 /is/ an apostrophe, in the sense that  
>> it's the
>> preferred glyph for both a closing single quote and an  
>> apostrophe.  The old
>> typewriter glyph is mainly an artifact of a 7-bit character set  
>> and the
>> limitations of mechanical typewriters.
> But, &apos; (the preferred apostrophe code by W3C, but not very  
> many, if
> any, browsers support it) is the same as &#39;. Otherwise, why  
> would the W3C
> recommend using it instead of &apos; for backwards-compatability.
> http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/guidelines.html#C_16

&apos; is an XML entity, and is not defined in HTML 4.01 (and  
therefore it is listed under the Appendix C guidelines for serving  
XHTML 1.0 as text/html). In reality, every browser supports it even  
in HTML. It's specified in the HTML5 draft, though.

- Geoffrey Sneddon

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