symbol rendering difference between HTML and PDF

C. Michael Pilato cmpilato at
Mon Sep 15 16:31:34 CDT 2008

Jens Seidel wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 04:03:46PM -0400, C. Michael Pilato wrote:
>> We should probably stop using entities and use real UTF8 characters anyway
>> (like O'Reilly expects in their sources).  I've got a symbol conversion
>> table in our HACKING file, but want to avoid sweeping changes right now.
> That's clearly the wrong way! How do you want to edit such files, with
> an hex-editor? I really fail to detect whether - is an ordinary dash,
> a ndash, mdash, a minus sign or whatever.
> OK, let's assume you are able to handle it, what about translators or
> co-workers?
> If UTF-8 seuences are really required (I doubt it), add a few sed or perl
> substitutions in the Makefile which works transparently.

You are certainly correct, Jens.  I claim "temporary insanity" as the cause
of my crazy talk.

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