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  • Are you saying ' and " must not be single octets anywhere in the text of HTML, but rather, that ' and " must be used? What part of the HTML spec did you get that from? In attribute values, yes, but in the text, there's no such requirement.
    • These are subtleties that I see no need to try to explain to people that resist even encoding . This is not a normative reference work, but a rule of thumb intended for an audience with a poor track record of understanding and accepting standards.
      • "...even encoding < and > ."

        Apparently this is some strange new usage of "Plain Old Text" that I was not previously aware of.

        • Plain Old Text still allows HTML, but it takes care of newlines, and it's worked that way for years in Slash without too many complaints.

          We'd get a lot more if it worked as you wanted it to. You wanted Extrans. Which has a lame name. But oh well.
      • It's not a subtlety: there is simply no need to encode ' and " anywhere but in attributes.

        Also, &apos; is illegal in HTML. It's only a named entity in XHTML.
        • But not even all attributes require &quot:, only attributes that use " as a delmiter. My original intent was a single clear rule, without dithering or qualifying that could be used as an excuse to ignore this process based on complexity.

          I work with several third-party vendors in the financial sector, who have a great deal to learn about web development. This is meant to be simple enough to remember for those writing home banking, bill payment, loan application, and other web apps, but also apps fr

          • I'd say a better rule is to not delimit attributes with ', and use onle ", as God intended. :-)

            As to why &apos; is missing, no idea, but yeah, it seems lame. But as everyone seems to accept it (except for proper strict validators that know about entities), it's not something I'd personally care too much about. Just offering it as a footnote.
      • So people are resisting what? A rule of thumb?