cvs commit: BLFS/BOOK/postlfs/config compressdoc.xml inputrc.xml

Bruce Dubbs bdubbs at
Sun May 30 09:41:16 PDT 2004

Igor Zivkovic wrote:

>Bruce Dubbs wrote:
>>>mdash entity fixes 
>>> -directories tend to contain links—hard and symbolic—which defeat simple
>>> +directories tend to contain links - hard and symbolic - which defeat simple
>>Igor,  what's up?  mdash should be the proper character.
>xmllint complains about entity 'mdash' not being defined. What's wrong
>with the plain dash, anyways?

A what we are using is a hyphen that doubles for a minus sign. In 
typography there are different types of dashes, typically a em-dash and 
an en-dash.


"Dashes are best distinguished in form by using the entity names 
provided in the public entity set ISOpub, defined in ISO 8879: mdash, 
ndash, and dash (the "true" hyphen). Alternatively, in a standalone XML 
context, these entities may be represented as Unicode characters 
*—*,*–*, or *‐ * respectively. Dashes are used for 
a variety of purposes: insertion, interruption, new speaker (in 
dialogue), list item. In the latter two cases it is preferable to mark 
the underlying feature using the elements *<q> * or *<item> *, on which 
see section Quotation 
<>, and 
section Lists 

What we should be seeing is shown at:

Proper usage is defined in:

em dash: "A symbol ( — ) used in writing and printing to indicate a 
break in thought or sentence structure, to introduce a phrase added for 
emphasis, definition, or explanation, or to separate two clauses."

An en dash is used to connect things like numbers in a range: Copyright 

How are you invoking xmllint? See:

-- Bruce

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