Be as wildly enthusiastic as you want to be. Crazy for character references, as it were.
See section 4.1, Character and entity references, in the XML spec at
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Subject: Re: special characters in EAD (+ federated search)
I note that Michael's post says that *named* entities are discouraged
(other than those five). May one assume then that numeric forms are
valid in XML and may be used with abandon, or at least moderate
Fox, Michael wrote:
> While one can do whatever one wishes in the privacy of one's own
search engine, I believe that, other than the five specified in the
standard, named entities such as é are not valid in XML and
should be avoided for data interchange.
> Michael Fox
> -----Original Message-----
> 1. Special characters should be encoded within XML, using either the
> named or numeric form - e.g. é or é
> 2. The named form as preferable when editing and proof-reading the
> If numeric forms are required by your XML parser of choice, these can
> substituted for the named versions in en mass prior to parsing.
Michele R. Combs
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse, NY 13221