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Re: lynx-dev entities and the sortaSGML parser

From: dickey
Subject: Re: lynx-dev entities and the sortaSGML parser
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 1998 12:35:11 -0500 (EST)

> A discussion on the usenet group c.i.w.browsers.misc showed that 
> a broken document such as  
> wasn't getting its entities interpreted (é etc.). 

I saw that, but it seems that you've looked closer than I have (thanks - it
looks like a simple test case).  Perhaps someone will have a fix.
> (Using the tag-soup parser produces a result that's more in 
> accordance with what the misguided document author presumably 
> intended.) 
> [N.B I'm not here concerned with the — rubbish that's in 
> there too.] 
> On a hunch, I tried a simple document such as 
> and verified that an entity that appears within a TABLE but outside 
> of any table row TR will be displayed by Lynx _without_ its 
> entities being interpreted. 
> I note that text that's outside of a table cell (e.g TD), but inside 
> of a table row (a situation that's also illegal, of course) gets its 
> entities interpreted.  
> I didn't look too closely at the original document, apart from 
> noting via HTML validation that it is very badly broken.  While 
> not for a moment wanting to misplace the blame here, the final 
> results as seen by the reader do seem rather odd.  I was wondering 
> whether the developers could see some way around this, if only for 
> cosmetic effect. 
> best regards 

Thomas E. Dickey

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